Shame, the new movie directed by Steve McQueen (Hunger), certainly keeps your attention, but not for the reasons you may expect. Shame offers a broad social commentary which reflects the emotions felt by both the characters and the audience. Everyone has secrets and everyone feels shame. The question is, how far are you willing to go to hide them before they catch up with you?
Brandon Sullivan (Michael Fassbender), a thirty-something living and working in New York City, keeps his sex addiction secret by maintaining a lonely life with few real friends other than the prostitutes - both live and virtual - with whom he consorts on a daily basis. This lifestyle begins to fall apart when his sister, Sissy (Carey Mulligan), unexpectedly turns up on his doorstep.