What it’s about: In New York City, Brandon’s carefully cultivated private life — which allows him to indulge his sexual addiction — is disrupted when his sister arrives unannounced for an indefinite stay.
Director: Steve McQueen
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, Nicole Beharie
Review: I didn’t make a planned decision to watch this film, I simply needed a film to watch and happened to stumble across this one on Michael Fassbender’s IMDB (Yes, I was doing a stalk, sue me) which I thought sounded interesting and a bit different. Shame is about a 30-something guy called Brandon who is a bit of a sex-addict and can’t control his sex life who gets thrown off course when his wayward sister, Sissy (Carey Mulligan) comes to live with him unexpectedly.
I loved the character development in this film – which is a strange thing for me to even notice considering Fassbender is stark naked in a few scenes. This film focuses on the nature of need and how our experiences can shape who we are and it really does show. The main character Brandon is troubled and you can tell right from the beginning but you see him change and adapt throughout the film depending on his circumstances. Carey Mulligan is always a pleasure to watch and I was surprised to see she was in this film. Sissy, Brandon’s sister is a bit unpredictable and wild and it was a nice change to see Mulligan play this sort of character. Although all her characters seem to be a bit tortured, they’re also timid, whereas Sissy was the complete opposite and Mulligan pulled it off exceptionally well.
Brandon and Sissy’s relationship wasn’t great – she annoys him frequently but she is seen as dependable on others for everything in life. It’s not until the very end, when something happens that could change things forever do they realise how much they need each other which I think can resonate with quite a lot of us. The whole, ‘you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone’ idea. I really did enjoy this film for a number of reasons; it’s not the kind of film I usually watch so it was nice to have a change of pace, the acting from both the leads was fantastic and you get to see Michael Fassbender’s bum (and other bits!) so if you don’t like the sound of the film, you should definitely watch it for that reason alone.