Steve McQueen’s follow up to Hunger is a beautifully sad depiction of life and those who struggle to live with it. Today it received two BAFTA nominations for Outstanding British Film and Best Actor for Michael Fassbender.
The protagonist, Brandon (Michael Fassbender) and his sister’s (Carey Mulligan) relationship is haunted by a past that’s facts are never mentioned, but they needn’t be. How life has managed to disrupt and corrupt these two siblings, is not the point, this film focuses closely on how people deal with whatever life throws at them. It’s the kind of film that manages to make an explicit sex scene, sad.
Different forms of self-harm are played out, manifesting in sex addiction and the other much more literal variety. The subtle and emotive scenes are complimented with a dramatic soundtrack, that captivated my entire attention and that left me bewildered and mesmerized. If your going to the cinema this week, I really recommend that you make Shame your choice.