Shame (2011)

Feature Film | Drama | UK | English | 1h41m
Dir: Steve McQueen | Scr: Steve McQueen & Abi Morgan | Ph: Sean Bobbitt | Prod: Iain Canning & Emile Sherman | Mus: Harry Escott | Ed: Joe Walker | PD: Judy Becker | AD: Charles Kulsziski | Snd: Glenn Freemantle | Cast: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badge Dale, Nicole Beharie

In this potent yet pleasingly ambiguous New York-set drama, an emotionally crippled sex addict’s life of porn, prostitutes, and sex with strangers is interrupted by the arrival of his equally troubled (though decidedly more fragile) sister. With them being such polar opposites in so many ways, not the least of which being his repellence to and her hunger for intimacy, their time together proves decidedly troublesome. Though not quite as uncompromising as with Hunger (2008), McQueen’s direction remains quietly forceful, whilst Fassbender and Mulligan (predictably) impress as the troubled siblings.