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'Shame' on 'BluRay' Michael Fassbender, male frontal nudity & sex addiction

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Shame” (Fox Searchlight) was an independent film that received an NC-17 rating by the “Motion Picture Association of America” (MPAA). That kind of rating usually dooms any film at the U.S. box office because of graphic sex scenes & in this case male full frontal nudity. “Shame” opened on Dec. 2, 2011 with the MPAA rating & grabbed $3,909,002 in the U.S. It had earned even more at the Foreign box office with $13,784,673.

Movie critics praised “Shame” for its' graphic story about a man addicted to sex in New York. Michael Fassbender whose lead actor performance was also praised as one of the best of the year. It was directed by Steve McQueen & co-starred Carey Mulligan. The film came out on “BluRay” April 17, 2012. This is a film recap & review on Friday Jan. 17, 2014.

A lot has been said about the full frontal male nudity of Michael Fassbender as Brandon in this film. It didn't bother me only because of that first camera shot above Brandon laying in his bed. It captures a man staring at the ceiling of his New York apartment who is lost. His eyes say it all about who he is & that camera stays on him for several long moments. He is alone, lonely & all he has to offer is his male nude sexual body.

Brandon's life in that apartment consists of Internet porn, masturbation & prostitutes. He is a sex addict & shuts the world out around it. Everyone sees Brandon as a handsome office worker who is nice & friendly. His addiction seeps into his job though when his boss finds enormous amounts of porn on his computer hard drive. Brandon is so nice that his boss believes someone had hacked the computer.

His sister named "Sissy" moves into Brandon's apartment for a few days & interrupts his secret lifestyle. She had just broken up with her boyfriend & desperately wants to talk to her brother. She goes so far as to sleep with Brandon's boss to get his attention. He feels smothered & angrily tries to get a handle on why she visited him. He then goes after his lovely co-worker named Marianne with whom he had sexual fantasies about. They go on a date & make a connection.

Brandon eventually gets Marianne into a hotel room, but he cannot get aroused sexually. Intimacy with her scares the hell out of him. He goes back to a regular prostitute who gives him nothing but sex. Sissy keeps calling him, but Brandon continues to fill that sexual need like a drug addict needs a fix. He goes after another man's girlfriend, but gets beaten up. He can't hook up with a woman, so he goes underground where gay men have anonymous sex. He forces an aggressive male to his knees.

As Brandon seeks out a threesome with two women. He fulfills a fantasy that is no longer as satisfying as it used to be. That sex romp is empty no matter how hard he pushes to reach the ultimate desire. Sissy then finds a way to get his attention by slitting her wrists in a suicide attempt. Brandon has a breakdown near a loading dock in the rain. He admits his shame as a sex addict that consumes his life.

The film ends with Brandon looking at a woman he tried to get into his bed but failed. Their eyes connect & will he try to pursue her again? Or not?

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