The whole movie was shot in 25 days.
“Shame” follows the life of Brandon Sullivan (Michael Fassbender), who is a successful New Yorker with a good job, a nice condo, and he appears to be a normal guy on the outside, but he is obsessed with sex. His sexual appetite has no boundaries and includes everything from sexual escapades with hookers to watching porn at work to masturbating in public restrooms. Brandon seems to have everything under control, but everything is disrupted once his needy and free-spirited younger sister, Sissy (Carey Mulligan), begs him to allow her to move in. After reappearing back in his life, Brandon loses his privacy and his sanity because he can’t follow his hormone maintaining routines. Like every other obsession that is not fulfilled, he craves sex even more and will do anything and everything to satisfy that perceived need.
Everything about this movie helped immerse the audience in the dark and depressing world Brandon has to deal with everyday of his life. The music added a lot to the mood and emotions of the movie and camera shots felt natural, but always gave you the feeling of taboo for watching so many raunchy scenes. I felt a lot of shame for watching this movie because there was so much nudity and a lot of simulated sex scenes. I truly believe these were all a part of the director’s intentions and he did a good job of making me feel both. This movie was emotionally deep and often times disturbing, but very compelling to watch. I have not seen a movie this raw and mesmerizing in a long time.
Besides the nudity, the story was very compelling and Michael Fassbender did a great job as Brandon. You know from the beginning of the movie that Brandon is a flawed character with lots of issues, but as the movie progresses, you see his transformation into a sexual beast. The more he tried to hide or suppress those urges, they became stronger and started to affect the other parts of his life. However, towards the end of the movie, you start to realize he is just like everyone else and there might be people like him in your daily life without you even knowing it.
I was very surprised with this movie and I am highly recommending it to the older audiences. This movie received an NC-17 rating for a reason. “Shame” might not be for everyone, but those that do choose to watch it are in for a shock. For those reason, I am giving this movie an “A-.”