• Shame (2011)

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Release Date: December 2nd, 2011

DVD Release Date: April 17th, 2012

NC-17 |1 hr 39 min

Plot Summary

Successful and handsome New Yorker Brandon (Michael Fassbender) seems to live an ordinary life, but he hides a terrible secret behind his mask of normalcy: Brandon is a sex addict. His constant need for gratification numbs him to just about everything else. But, when Sissy (Carey Mulligan), Brandon's needy sister, unexpectedly blows into town, crashes at his apartment and invades his privacy, Brandon is finally forced to confront his addiction head-on.

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badge Dale, Nicole Beharie, Alex Manette, Lucy Walters, Mari-Ange Ramirez, Elizabeth Masucci

Director: Steve McQueen

Genres: Drama

Production Co: See-Saw Films

Keywords: New York City, 2010s, Bar, Office, Emotional, Transformation, Gripping, Sister

Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    Mark JenkinsNPR

    It was frantic sex that earned Shame an NC-17 rating, but this arty drama is mostly slow and methodical. And thoroughly unsexy. show more

  • 85
    Stephanie ZacharekMovieline

    Mulligan is terrific here, and restrained in a way that suggests an actorly generosity unusual for someone so young: Her scenes with Fassbender don't so much say "Look at me" as "Look at him." show more

  • 100
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    Driven by a brilliant, ferocious performance by Michael Fassbender, Shame is a real walk on the wild side, a scorching look at a case of sexual addiction that's as all-encompassing as a craving for drugs. show more

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Nominated Outstanding British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2012)