The best films aren’t necessarily the ones you walk out of raving about, but the ones that haunt you, lingering on your mind for the days, weeks and months afterwards. When we saw “Shame,” Steve McQueen‘s follow up to his debut “Hunger,” which reteams the director with star Michael Fassbender, we liked it very, very much indeed, but had a few issues with it that perhaps stopped it from reaching the very top tier of films we saw in Venice.
In the few weeks since, the problems haven’t gone away (and may be more glaring on a second viewing), but it’s such an immaculately made, thought-provoking picture, dealing with themes so rarely dealt with on screen in such a mature manner, that it’s been on our mind a lot, particularly after seeing some of the debate that it’s raised after screening in Telluride and Toronto. It’s the sign of a film that touches on greatness, and we look forward to more and more people seeing it and adding their thoughts too.
With Fox Searchlight picking up the film, and likely to release it before the end of the year, we should be seeing more official marketing materials soon enough, but in the meantime, hot on the heels of the first clip, another, more substantial look at the film has emerged. It’s not giving a ton away, but does showcase a little of the excellent supporting turn by “The Pacific” star James Badge Dale, as the boyishly horndog boss of Fassbender’s character Brendan, and it’s scored to Blondie‘s “Rapture,” which is never a bad thing. Watch the clip below, and keep your eyes peeled for more news of the film’s release soon.