Shame

Captivating adult cinema
Shame - Michael Fassbender
After debuting with Hunger, an oppressive study of extreme human behaviour based around the true story of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands, Steve McQueen lives up to expectations with the brilliant and equally challenging Shame.

Set in a perma-nocturnal New York, Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a corporate figurehead more defined by his addiction to sex than his job. He flickerson the side of functional addict until his younger sister - the free-spirited, compulsive Sissy (Carey Mulligan) - arrives in town to stay in his flat, sparking a dual downward spiral between the two siblings.

Bolstered by intensely self-destructive performances by his two leads, McQueen is again unafraid to challenge conventions. Two extended scenes - Brandon’s late night jog and Sissy’s sensual vocal performance - add a layer of depth that mere dialogue couldn’t establish.

Shame’s biggest success is finding humorous moments in the earlier depictions of Brandon’s addiction, for the hell that follows is as grimy and disturbing as film comes. Captivating adult cinema that reiterates McQueen’s status as a director of consummate skill and judgement.

9/10

Words by BEN HOPKINS


SHAME
DIRECTOR STEVE MCQUEEN
RELEASED JANUARY 13th
CERT 18
MOMENTUM



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