Oh my goodness what a depressing movie. If you are looking for a relaxing night in with a movie then this is definitely NOT the movie to watch. Confronting maybe but not in a constructive way.
Terrible movie. Hated it. Featured so many unconnected scenes. The main female lead hardly featured in the second half. And the sex scenes were so fake - just like a bad porno.
What was the point of this? No explanation of why the sister and brother were 'damaged'.....just a lot of tawdry and seedy sex. No thanks
Steve McQueen didn't quite get this movie right, even though we can understand his intentions. So many scenes were unnecessary and oh so slow. The ending predictable and abrupt. The transformation of this highly-sexed, angry man could've been far better executed.
Great acting no doubt, but still a dreadful movie. Even if people like that existed, why should we care about their self inflicted miseries?
slow, tedious, who cares? ok in fast forward
A very serious character study - if you're interested in an analysis of destructive behaviour (I wasn't).
We found that in spite of very tight acting, the trouble was that at its core this film has a character who is very difficult to like. This film is a good portrayal of the lives of many people whose childhood was taken from them by one form of abuse or another, and including the sister and her dramas in the film filled that out well. But the fact that there is a good reason for his behaviour does not make me like the character. And in that sense, unfortunately, that is also very true-to-life for people in his situation.
Another confronting drama from Steve McQueen. Like "Hunger", the film stays with the viewer well after the screening finishes. A little like American Psycho in its uncompromising portrayalof a New Yorker, successful by conventional values, but who is emotiionally absent and deeply disturbed. For the discerning viewer rather than those simply wishing to be entertained.
Firstly this movie relies heavily on soft porn so be warned. Very Slow, lacked finality in the storyline, sister character shallow and goes nowhere, main character simply does not like relationships and prefers sex with strangers. Two broken people but we don't know why, the ending just as disappointing and leave the viewer up in the air. Could have been much better with a bit more depth.
Good movie. Well directed, well photographed, the actors are really good. Just didn't catch me very much.... Anyway, it is worth watching.... Be aware that the pace is slow and a lot of things are left in the air for your own interpretation (or creation, if you like).
Michael Fassbender is fantastic in this (and every other movie I've seen him in). I wasn't sure if I'd like this movie but Wow! Fassbender plays a character who has replaced personal relationships and human connection with anonymous sex, and who works hard to maintain his emotional distance from others by maximising the time spent thinking, viewing & engaging in "uncomplicated" sex. When his troubled sister re-enters his life, his protective dis-connection with the real world starts to unravel, as does he. Superb.
I am surprised at how this movie divides viewers. I thought that this was a good film with solid acting from the leads. The direction is fine and most of the scenes fit together well.
However, I found the story lacking because the background of Brandon and his sister is not really explained so I had very little emotional connection with them.
Why can't Brandon have a relationship with any of the women he has sex with? Why does Sissy cut her wrists? If there was one - just one - flashback scene (possibly) explaining their "bad" past, this would have been a much better, more complete, film.
The director could have cut the scene where Sissy sings "New York, New York" VERY slowly. I get that they moved from Jersey but so what? I played that scene on double speed on my DVD and it was still too long. I suspect cinema viewers used that as a toilet break.
Finally, can we stop talking about sex "addiction"? Brandon has an obsession not a dependency. Two different things. Some guys just can't keep it in their pants - this is just biology. Addiction is overused in describing personal issues. Injecting smack? Yes - you have an addiction. Jerking off in the shower? No.
Please don't waste your time with this movie - it is seriously one of the most boring movies I have ever seen. Even large amounts of sex and nudity don't make it interesting.
Boring, boring boring. I can not see the point of this movie. The fact that addiction (of any sort) is degrading was obvious from the first scene. Nothing was revealed about how the characters reached this sad point in their lives. I watched the first 30 minutes waiting for something to develop, but nothing did. I then fast forwarded through the rest, stoping and watching bits where there was some dialogue, hoping in vain for something interesting to be revealed or even hinted at. This is possibly the most boring film I have ever seen, which is unusual for me. I can usually find something of value in a movie. I gave this one star in error, it should be zero.
This is a film about addiction. The leading character (Michael Fassbender) is addicted to sex but it is divorced from his emotions. His sister is also dysfunctional. However, it takes a while to realise this as nothing is ever explained. The characters' back story is barely touched upon so we don't know why they are that way. There's more sex and nudity than plot. Some of the scenes are beautifully constructed, and Carey Mulligan's rendition of "New York, New York" is spellbinding.
This film commenced a trilogy of bad film choices by me. Will not recommend this movie to any body. To much foul language.
This is usually the sort of move I'd enjoy - bit artsy, controversial subject matter. But this film really missed the mark. Boring, slow, long winded and eventless. The only saving grace was how hot Fassbender looks, and the full frontal nude shots were also worth sitting through the film for. But if you aren't into staring at hot men's groins, then give this one a miss.
A sexaholic finds it difficult to form meaningful relationships. A strange film that presents a problem but doesn’t give the audience a clear understanding of its roots or possible solution. In the end it is rather pointless like the endless pursuit itself. Maybe that’s the message. 3.5 stars
Pros: excellent acting by both Fassbender and Mulligan; very good music apart from Mulligan's rendition of 'New York, New York'. Cons: it was difficult to empathise with either character, and without that emotional engagement and investment, it's really hard to care what happens; Mulligan's character does something shocking near the end that seems to come out of nowhere; said shocking experience supposedly acts as a catalyst for Fassbender's character to end his addiction, which seems unlikely given the nature of addiction. In summary, the film is unrealistic and disaffected.
very long duration camera shots of a rather unattractive and brooding leading man, who plays the part of an even more unattractive pervert with serious sexual disorder. A leading lady who effortlessly performed the worst version of "New York, New York" that I have ever endured. This DVD should be avoided at all costs, 1/2 a star.
I really enjoyed Steve McQueen's last movie (Hunger), but this one (Shame) was really not very good. It should have been called "Michael Fassbender Waves His Massive Schlong Around" because that's basically all the movie was about.
Don't watch this one if you're feeling blue. The story is depressing and seedy.
What it does have going for it is the screenplay and the acting.
What a load of garbage...........it meanders aimlessly through various lack lustre sex scenes...I kept watching, thinking it would get better. It didn't.
The music was great (Bach, etc.) Not an easy movie; reminds me of "Intimacy", similar subject matter, but emotionally even colder .... At one point in the movie I started to believe that incest is the main subject matter of this movie. Later on it appeared that not; the movie is mostly about a man who is seemingly devoid of warm or romantic human emotions. He is into mechanical sex without commitments. Not a nice man, but I suppose there are millions of men like him on this planet. At least he has a job of some sort and an apartment, so can be seen as a responsible man, unlike his wayward sister...Not easy to rank this movie; not heart-warming/uplifting sort of story, and not a story at all, rather a character study...I give it 3 stars (mid rank) only because I am not sure how many stars I "should " give it; but music was nice, at least!
This was intense and depressing. Actors did a good job though.
This is a fine film that will not appeal to all. Although it is a film about the shame of a sexual addict it is in no way a sexy film but a intense confrontational film that at times can be quiet disturbing and repelling. The performances are worth watching, with fine cinematography and film score. Similar films to Last Tango In Paris or Sleeping Beauty. I would have given it 3 stars but I had to compensate for the unnecessary bad ratings that it received below.
What a complete load of rubbish. Had no idea what it was about apart from him having a lot of sex. No storyline, it was just a load of nothing. Why was it made?
Shame on the makers of this movie
Couldn't really follow the point or purpose of this movie. Very sadly lacking in a back ground story - which I think would have improved it somewhat. Requires alot of your own interpretation as to why they do what they do (ie all the sex). My husband summed it up nicely I think "interesting but weird" - if you like something a bit more arty this is your film - give it a miss otherwise.
I felt zero empathy for the lead role, but the actor who played his sister was fantastic so both the stars are for her.
The worst hour and a half of my life !!! Don't get it unless you are in desperate need of soft porn. Even then don't get it
Incredible film. One of the best I've seen in the last couple of years.
This movie is worth watching simply because of Fassbender's performance. I think the fact he wasn't nominated for an Oscar was an absolute travesty.
The craft of the film is incredible in it's own right and is definitely worth a mention. The cinematography is beautiful and there are several shots that are stunning in their complexity. The one that stands out to me is a lengthy, panning shot of Fassbender running for several blocks without any sort of compromise in the speed.
This is definitely not for everyone. There are many sex scenes that are quite graphic and shocking, as others have mentioned. It is also a character study more than a traditional narrative. There are also a lot of arty elements to the film that the director, Steve McQueen, has brought from his time as a video artist.
However, if that sort of thing is your bag or you enjoy that highly focused investigation into a character then I can't recommend this movie enough.
Lots of sex- soft porn- surprised its on the market
Not my sort of thing at all.
Excellent story about a guy who's totally preoccupied with sex. Very raw and emotional, may stick with you afterwards. Lonely and hurt characters.
Only watched the first 30 minutes or so. It was going absolutely nowhere, so I bailed out.
good but not great - too much sex and too little insight into the Fassbender character, though Carey Mullgian is excellent
Film lacked depth as it was a whole lot of agressive sex scenes and then the last 10 minutes when we might have had a change in is his mindset
As a busy mum, I thought Shame was a compelling study of two damaged people. Carey Mulligan and Michael Fassbender are wonderful actors, completely convincing as usual. Good work, Steve McQueen. And I like the way New York was almost a character, too.
This movie is one of those slow paced ones, the direction lacks heaps and relies way to much on the cinematography to tell the story, which it does not. It has a few glimpses of great acting, but that's about it. I could not recommend this to anybody but David from "The Movie Show" LOL
Found this to be depressing and not enjoyable. Not my cup of tea, but may be yours. Actually turned it off well before the end, something I haven't done for a long time.
Man has sexual fantasies sitting on the train or walking around town. So what? Meanwhile his real-life relationships go nowhere and he fights with his sister for reasons that are never explained. In short, there's not much of a story. The cover blurb makes it sound all very profound and deep and meaningful. If only.
Load of rubbish..semi porn, nudity is fine but it became obsessive and I didn't feel any symathy with the characters. self absorbed.
Intense! Sometimes hard to watch! Thought-provoking, but not enjoyable.
Intense! Carey Mulligan was a revelation in a very different role for her and Fassbender is always excellent. But I would have to agree with Cindy, this is to be experienced and not enjoyed.
An intense and bleak character study of a complex brother and sister relationship filled with characters who seem to prefer ennui to Vegemite on their toast every morning . The acting is masterful, the direction extremely focused; but ultimately Shame is a movie to be experienced rather than enjoyed. For art-house aficionados only.
This movie made me think of the insight such movies like Philladelphia (Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington) had on creating awareness of our human bias and discrimination.
Fassbender and Mulligan's performances are breathtakingly raw and honest. Peripheral characters also highlight the void of existing in life.
Cudos to Steve McQueen for his honest and raw production. Such shame (pardon the pun) it will not get the acknowledgement it deserves in the mainstream media - oscars etc - not a pretty subject, nor one that has a simple and good ending.
Brilliant character study, amazing performances.
Wow. And no, that isn't for the sex or nakedness. It's just..... These two very broken people trying to live a life but scarred by whatever happened to them in their past. A past that we don't see (thank goodness), but not hard to guess at what it may have been. Performances are outstanding with such delicate, sensitive and in some ways sad material/characters. Carey Mulligan's rendition of New York New York was quite spellbinding, particularly as I could also hear Frank Sinatra in my head as I listened and watched her.