Michael Fassbender Should be (A)Shame(d)

In Movies on October 30, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Alright, he shouldn’t be ashamed! This movie was excellent, a little slow-paced at times, it’s an indie film what do you expect, but the shots are incredible. This movie was directed by Steve McQueen and  stars Michael Fassbender, as Brandon, who is a sex addict. Now let me just say, this isn’t Charlie Sheen, Tiger Woods, “I am acknowledging my problem now because I want attention or I got caught” sex addiction. This is a need for stimulation nearly constantly. At work, home, out at a club. Brandon is doing moderately well managing his addiction when his sister, Sissy, played by Carey Mulligan arrives to crash at Brandon’s place for a few days to stir up drama that it appears Brandon has been keeping at bay. Sissy’s presence especially effects Brandon when she sleeps with his boss, David, played by James Badge Dale, and does it in Brandon’s bed. YUCK. The film shows some unusual and uncomfortable scenes between Brandon and Sissy appearing to hint at the cause of his problems perhaps while also showing the profound effects the Brandon’s addiction has upon him.

Now, before I get to the nitty-gritty, I truly believe that people can have a sexual and I have done my research on this problem for a term paper for my senior psychology class at Ithaca College. The problem is, sexual addiction does not have an extremely valid definition. While doing research, I created a diagnostical definition of sexual addiction defining it as when the sexual need arises it has a profound affect on other aspects of an individual’s life. For example, if an individual is very wealthy and simply has a lot of sex with a lot of different people. cough cough Charlie Sheen, that does not make them a sex addict. It means they have the time and the money to have a lot of sex. If however, that same individual could no longer afford to have as much sex as they have been having and this is suddenly taken away from them, and the need to have sex is overwhelming, then yes they may have an addiction. In “Shame” Brandon truly is an addict. It affects his personal life, his ability to make relationships with other people, and his work life.

Alright before I get into the nitty-gritty here, I truly liked this movie. It was well acted, authentic, and had some great shots. I think you should take a look if you got the time and are interested in seeing Matthew Fassbender in a very unusual role.


I loved witnessing the profound effects that his sexual addiction had on him and I thought it was realistic. The threesome, the gay bar, the consumption of porn at work and at home. I just thought it was incredible.

I also liked the facial expressions that he made while participating in the threesome. That may sound unusual, but once you see this movie and see his tragic expressions during sex, it appeared as though only him and the viewer were able to view his face, then you will know how much his addiction effected him and how great of an actor Fassbender is.

I also like the date between Marianne,  played by Nicole Beharie, and Brandon. It seemed real, the lines, the flow, the body language. It seemed truly like an awkward first date. Hats off to both Fassbender and Beharie for making it seem like that camera wasn’t even there.

Was there anything I didn’t like about this movie? Some of the shots were a bit long but not abnormally long. It was a bit slow-paced at times, but every bit of this movie held meaning. I loved it. And you should watch it.


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