100-Word TIFF: “Shame”

I’m not a fan of sex in film, television or theatre. It’s often gimmicky, yes, but more than that it’s distracting. Shame, though – with Michael Fassbender’s sex addict losing control of himself and his unhinged sister (a scene-stealing Carey Mulligan) – manages to tread the line. The nudity is constant and graphic, but each sex scene is for a different reason, marking out the personalities and boundaries (or lack thereof) of these damaged souls. It’s an unflinching look at the problem of sex addiction, but loses track of itself and descends into a somewhat predictable and unsatisfying climax. Chuckle.

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About alfla

Playwright, screenwriter, sometime improv enthusiast and full-time television lover. You know, in THAT way.
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