With great performances and a well-executed story, Shame turns a controversial subject into an interesting character study.
Fassbender and Mulligan provided good contrast and tension in the film – he shuns real intimacy, while she is desperate for a connection.
The subject of sexual addiction was handled very well, showing Brandon’s well-maintained cravings without being gratuitous. The movie also explores the lengths people go through to fill their need or dull the pain.
However, the turning point of his story doesn’t stem from an internally driven personal transformation. Brandon’s sister Sissy is an obvious opposite. Predictably, she disturbs his comfortable routine.
Apart from a conveniently placed conflict, the movie is still a compelling take on the life of a sex addict. It’s not far fetched to think that both siblings may have gone through something in childhood that fucked them up both.
Overall, Shame is an engaging movie that makes you think about sex addiction as not just an excuse by oversexed people.
Driven by compelling performances by Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, Shame is a well-directed drama about sexual addiction.