Rent Shame (2011)

3.3 of 5 from 299 ratings
1h 36min
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Synopsis:
Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a 30-something man living comfortably in New York balancing a busy job and active social life. When the wayward Sissy (Carey Mulligan), turns up at his apartment unannounced, Brandon's carefully managed lifestyle spirals out of control.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Iain Canning, Emile Sherman
Writers:
Steve McQueen, Abi Morgan
Studio:
Momentum Pictures
Genres:
British Films, Drama
Countries:
UK
Awards:

2011 Venice Film Festival Best Actor

BBFC:
Release Date:
14/05/2012
Run Time:
96 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Interviews with Michael Fassbender And Carey Mulligan
  • Michael Fassbender Q&A
  • Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
14/05/2012
Run Time:
101 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Interviews with Michael Fassbender And Carey Mulligan
  • Michael Fassbender Q&A
  • Trailer

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Reviews (6) of Shame

Extremely poor - Shame review by CP Customer

Spoiler Alert
16/07/2012

The film seems to have no real plot and just too much sex it makes for uncomfortable viewing.I did not really get what the whole thing was really about

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

A bit pointless - Shame review by Pete W

Spoiler Alert
18/07/2012

A weak storyline and characters who are uniformly unsympathetic made for a pretty tedious film. No redeeming features really.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Boring, pretentious, yawn-inducing, pointless, un-profound, silly, tedious, turgid arty drivel! - Shame review by PV

Spoiler Alert
14/09/2012

This film was SO boring that the 2 people I was watching it with were yawning so much they had to go go to bed after 10 minutes. Me - I stayed with it. Well, that's an hour and a half of my life I'll never get back!

This film is AWFUL. It is all about an emotionally detached bloke in Noo Yoik (though of course I am sure the filmmakers were not trying to appeal to the US market...) who watches porn a lot and whose sister comes to stay. Various uninteresting things happens and then it ends. Very few words are spoken (this is seen as deep and meaningful and profound, apparently, in arty theatre circles) - but this film is not profound at all. It is just dull, forgettable, and seems to be desperately hoping to shock and get publoicity that way (sadly, that worked, which is why I heard of it).

This is a lesson in why NOT to give pretentious Saachi-slobbering artists a film camera. Stick to the paintbox, eh. For all our sakes.

Half a star for the acting - no stars for the writing or the whole thing.

Just terrible.

One to save for when you invite your hated extended family round and want to get rid of them forever.

1 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Shame review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso

From the maker of 2008’s painfully emphatic Hunger comes the story of Brandon (Michael Fassbender) a sex addict whose sordid daily routine is interrupted by the arrival of his needy and troubled sister Sissy (Carey Mulligan).

Though the narrative for Shame is what attracted much of the press attention it is by far the secondary feature to this movie, overshadowed entirely by the characters and actor’s performances.

Fassbender’s performance is faultless, he completely engulfs the screen in a way that only serves to reflect the way in which his debauched sexual addiction has overtaken him; as a character he is unpleasant and unnerving, yet there are moments in which you see a genuine desire for a connection that goes beyond the physical, his seemingly pleasant dinner date with a work colleague (Nicole Baharie) is touched with an almost tragic but unmistakably contemporary innocence that, when compared to his other relationships, is quite poignant.

Mulligan is also an absolute star, giving what many are calling her best performance since the Oscar Nominated An Education – her depiction of Sissy, the selfish and emotionally indulgent sister is edged with an almost indefinable vulnerability that has a marked effect on her brother.

There is not a single moment in this movie that is easy to watch however, this is really challenging stuff that is likely to make many an audience member too uncomfortable to complete their viewing; the rewards for those who do however are honestly quite immense.

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