yeah, the hint of 'we just come from a bad place' seemed like a strong indicator of that
A sobering delicate and intense take on a subject few would be able to handle with such taste. The balance of beauty and horror, a fine soundtrack that brings forth commentary with a finely commendable sublimity. Not as visually experimental as Hunger but as elegantly crafted. Not a masterpiece, but a fine work nonetheless.
While Shame is a competent, stylish and well-acted movie, I never found myself caring about anything that happened to anyone on screen. I'm sure this may have been the point but despite being an fleetingly interesting character study I felt like I was just following the intendedly shocking adventures of Michael Fassbender, his ample bush and floppy dong. I thought I was watching a modern-day Caligula after a while.
I think it's been about a year and a half since I saw this, and after some reflection, I've realized it's one of the best worst movies I've ever seen. Best-worst... It's a beautiful film that feels honest in every frame because of its seeming realism and acting. However, this is one of the most dejected films I have ever seen. Forget realism: there needs to be hope behind every great work for me regardless of facts.
Painfully sad. Are we so messed up? I guess the fact I'm feeling so upset is testament to an outstanding director and to outstanding performances. I didn't see a sex addict. I saw a sad and lonely man living in a very unfulfilled society. We may deal and cope with shit in different ways but it's the same shit nonetheless.
Después de su sorpresiva irrupción en el 2008 con la escatológica/sangrienta/asfixiante/brutal y estupenda Hunger, McQueen hace mancuerna por segunda ocasión con el talentoso protagonista de aquella para mostrarnos (con su peculiar estilo) ésta otra interesante mirada en torno a la complejidad de las relaciones humanas y la alienación del individuo en una sociedad como la neoyorkina de inicios del nuevo milenio. La anécdota (sobre las consecuencias que trae la inesperada visita de su joven hermana a la vida de un treintañero sexualmente compulsivo) si bien puede que no consiga del todo llevar a los niveles de abstracción del film anterior, sí continúa ubicando a su autor como una personalidad a seguir. Lo que nomás no logra ubicar en su justa dimensión a la cinta, es el hecho de que la gran mayoría acudió a los cines atraídos no por los planteamientos del talentoso director y guionista, sino por el erótismo prometido desde el titulo en español, lo que motivó a muchos confundidos espectadores a que abandonasen la sala a media proyección, unos con la certeza de estarse chutando una aburrida película soft-porno, y escandalizados otros, por la abrumadora cantidad de escenas en las que se aprecia al actor Michael Fassbender desflemando el cuaresmeño.
Sometimes campy in its depiction of the addiction - what I loved most about "Shame" was the development of its two sibling characters. Both Fassbender and Mulligan shade these roles with intensity and history - where every word spoken and every action made toward the other feels completely rich. The ambiguity is quiet, but oh so obvious by the end of it all. I don't love "Shame" for the sex plot, but the sibling one.
Fantastico.Un ritratto dei nostri tempi, un uomo "moderno" bello fuori e marcio dentro,incapace di relazionarsi con chiunque abbia rapporti più o meno stretti con lui .Un alienazione totale che rispecchia il vuoto interiore assoluto del protagonista, un Fassbender divino.Mc Queen ci fà gustare tutto questo con una notevole regia che alterna piani-sequenza e camere fisse con mirabile maestria.Finale meraviglioso.
"We're not bad people. We've just come from a bad place." After having watched it a second time, I feel this movie even more. Fassbender is fantastic; Mulligan is even better. This isn't just a movie about addiction. It's about social alienation and distance. And what is amazing about it is that every viewer must reach his own understanding of what McQueen really wants to portray in this film. Beautiful.
Is it just me, or did it seem like Sissy and Brandon faced some mutual childhood trauma that made them extremely fucked up?
If I wasn't a Michael Fassbender fan after watching Hunger, I'm even more so now after watching Shame. McQueen's tracking shot of Brandon running down the streets of New York is one of my favourite shots in the film. Shame is not as good as Hunger but because of the subject and the way Fassbender's character spirals really had me glued to the screen.
Film grandioso che conferma il grande talento di McQueen. Per la seconda volta (dopo Hunger) dirige con grande eleganza un Fassbender mostruosamente bravo, accompagnato da un cast che non è da meno. Una storia - non per tutti - che racconta della solitudine, dell'alienazione e dell'impossibilità di stringere un qualsiasi legame umano che vada oltre lo sfogo dell'istinto sessuale. **** e 1/2
it could be argued that this film moved too slowly, though i personally liked the gentle rate at which it reached its (slightly heavy-handed) crescendo. also, i genuinely believe that fassbender's performance was so stellar that mulligan wasn't even needed. this film would have been just as good (if not better) simply as a study of brandon's routine, without sissy ever turning up. but whatever just my opinion
Finally, I have seen 'Shame'. This film made me feel uncomfortable, saddened and hopeful in equally ambiguous measures. Something in this film seemed so relevant about modern alienation and the fragile masculinity of the male psyche I ruminated over the issues explored by the film for days. McQueen and Fassbender deserve every ounce of praise for tackling the nature of obsession in a frank and honest fashion.
An intelligent/brave/beautiful film about an obsession (in much more delicate form) experienced by almost everyone at sometime in their life. So good; "I don't think a guy masturbating in the shower has ever made me want to cry before" kind of good.