Shame follows the life of Brandon (Michael Fassbender), a successful well adjusted man who lives by himself in New York. Well adjusted apart from his sex addiction that is. Yes, Brandon likes the company of a lady, or several, and is always looking for the next opportunity, with little else taking precendence. So when his sister Sissy (Carey Mulligan) shows up unannounced to stay for a while, Brandon is quite annoyed at the interruptions to his constant boning.
Shame certainly is quite a hard hitting drama. There's a certain uneasiness present all the way through, which is only helped along by Fassbender's awesome performance. He plays an addict wonderfully, always eager for the next woman, but with a certain apprehension and sadness in his eyes. The movie is filmed beautifully, with many lingering shots on Brandon and his conquests, allowing you to take it all in and attempt to figure out what's going on in his head.
On the flip side though, this does make it quite a slow burner. It's another of those movies that is quite deep and meaningful, but not too much happens. While there certainly is a plot and a point where everything comes together, Shame just coasts along focusing mainly on Brandon's different conquests. I guess it's reflective of his obsessive lifestyle and the unwillingness to face his problem, but it didn't hold my attention as much as it could have. Still, Shame is a very well made movie with some great performances.
My rating: 4/5