From the moment it debuted at the Venice Film Festival, everybody has been talking about Steve McQueen’s “Shame.”
The follow-up to his universally acclaimed directorial debut “Hunger,” “Shame” follows Brandon (Michael Fassbender, in what is likely to be my favourite male performance of the year), a thirtysomething sex addict incapable of sustaining any emotional connection with another human being. His life takes a turn when he receives a surprise visit from his equally troubled younger sister (Carey Mulligan), which forces him into some raw self-examination.
Dark, honest, and very explicit, “Shame” is making its way into theatrical release today. Fox Searchlight is respectfully releasing it uncut and rated NC-17, so do your part and make it known that the rating is not a stamp of box office doom.
In the meantime, enjoy these snippets from interviews I did with Fassbender and McQueen earlier in the year: