SHAME

SHAME (2011)

Directed by: Steve McQueen

Principal Cast:

Michael Fassbender as Brandon Sullivan
Carey Mulligan as Sissy Sullivan
James Badge Dale as David
Nicole Beharie as Marianne

Ever wanted a dirty, gritty film that reflects the world and the people in it? Well, you’re in luck with Steve McQueen’s latest feature, Shame, which MFO were fortunate enough to see at the AFI Festival in LA.

Shame is just one of the many emotions that Brandon (Michael Fassbender) expresses throughout this film and it is believable. Not only does it follow his sex addiction but it makes you as a viewer feel as though you are in his shoes. Brandon struggles with everyday life and it is further complicated by the arrival of his emotionally dependant sister, Sissy (Carey Mulligan).

Like many films with explicit content,Shame proudly carries the 18 certificate. Unfortunately some people out there will see this as an opportunity to judge Fassbender on his assets, rather than his performance as an actor. It is with these revelations that I fear that the films message will be overlooked by those who do not wish to do any more than look.

Fassbender and Mulligan go hand in hand as disconnected siblings. There isn’t much to say in regards to the rest of the cast as Brandon is the focal point of the film. It is for this reason that the viewer can be absorbed and feel empathy towards the broken character.The cinematography is some of the best that I have seen to date and the soundtrack does more than compliment Brandon’s conflicting yuppie lifestyle.

This feature is anything but glamorous and delves deeply into the illness that some people face. Credit should be given to Steve McQueen for being brave enough to bring a somewhat taboo subject to the forefront of cinema. It is refreshing to see that in-depth research has been conducted to make Fassbender’s portrayal as accurate as possible.

Review by Marnie | MFO

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