The US trailer for Steve McQueen‘s Shame has gone online. For those unfamiliar with the movie, Michael Fassbender plays Brandon, a sex addict whose tightly-constructed world is slowly spiraling out of control and the situation becomes exacerbated when his screw-up sister (Carey Mulligan) intrudes on his life. Fox Searchlight isn’t running from the NC-17 rating and they’re using it to sell the film as something for mature adults, not something controversial or designed to titillate (one of the film’s greatest triumphs is that despite the graphic and frequent sex, none of it is sexy). The trailer does a fine job of showing how Brandon’s life begins to break apart, although the closing image is a little too reassuring.
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Here’s the official synopsis for Shame:
Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a New Yorker who shuns intimacy with women but feeds his desires with a compulsive addiction to sex. When his wayward younger sister (Carey Mulligan) moves into his apartment stirring memories of their shared painful past, Brandon’s insular life spirals out of control.