By all accounts, Steve McQueen’s “Shame” is a NC-17 movie if there ever was one, but all hail the trailer editors: They managed to build a 1:44 that reveals only an occasional flash of skin and creates a mounting sense of anxiety and desperation, all backed by McQueen’s extraordinary palette.
Eric Kohn wrote in his review out of Toronto:
In Steve McQueen’s “Hunger,” Michael Fassbender played an Irish Republican prisoner who demonstrated commitment to his cause by starving himself. As Brandon, the affluent and ceaselessly horny New Yorker in McQueen’s “Shame,” Fassbender has no such intense convictions. While “Hunger” contained an extensive monologue explaining the character’s behavior, “Shame” leaves much of Brandon open for interpretation. As a result, Fassbender’s revealing and compelling performance doesn’t just dominate “Shame;” he defines it.
Fox Searchlight opens “Shame” in the U.S. December 2.