Michael Fassbender and Nicole Beharie discover sex is on the menu.
SHAME (Alliance, 2011) D: Steve McQueen, w/ Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan. Rating: NNNN; Blu-ray package: NN Rating: NNNN
Steve McQueen's look at a few days in the life of a sex addict carries none of the usual addiction movie baggage: no psychologizing, no attempts to seek help, no certainty that we're at a turning point in the guy's life and no pat explanation, though a couple of images and bits of dialogue hint ambiguously in that direction.
Brandon maintains a good front at his white-collar job and spends his free time having anonymous sex, surfing porn and masturbating. He has no one in his life and can't handle it when his emotionally needy sister, Sissy, comes to stay.
Michael Fassbender reveals all the shades of Brandon's self-loathing. In one remarkable wordless scene, he makes clear precisely what Brandon gets from his sex life, how long it lasts and what price he pays. Sissy is a smaller role, but Carey Mulligan easily matches Fassbender's raw intensity.
Mulligan doesn't get much time in the extras, but Fassbender offers a solid account of his acting process.
EXTRAS Two Fassbender interviews, Mulligan interview. English, French audio and subtitles.