Shame would be on my Best Films of 2011 list if only it were released now. Instead it’ll probably make the 2012 list when it gets the proper UK outing. Nevertheless, it still ranks as one of the best films I’ve actually sat and watched this year. Shame is brilliant and Michael Fassbender’s role truly announces him on the film stage.
This US red band trailer actually tries and makes out Steve McQueen’s film is some sort of sexy drama fuck-fest when it’s possibly the most depressing movie about sex ever. Even Cronenberg’s Crash was erotic and had a frisson of sexiness about it – if you were into auto(mobile)-erotica and found James Spader fucking a gamy hole in Rosanne Arquette’s leg ‘hot’.
Shame isn’t solely about one chap and his little chap either – it’s just an easy well to sell it to the masses. Those concerned with McQueen’s overly arty aesthetic with Hunger can rest assured because Shame is a movie by a director. He’s raised his game, cut out the extraneous and delivered a superb flick. Indeed, Hunger was made by an artist and Shame by a film-maker.That’s my angle, anyway.
There’s now a UK Facebook page to ‘Like’: Facebook.com/ShameUK. Stay alert for the 5-star review coming in the new year.
Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a 30-something man living comfortably in New York balancing a busy job and active social life. When the wayward Sissy (Carey Mulligan), turns up at his apartment unannounced, Brandon’s carefully managed lifestyle spirals out of control.
From award winning director Steve McQueen (Hunger), Shame is a compelling and timely examination of the nature of need, how we live our lives and the experiences that shape us.
UK Release Date: 13th January, 2012