Shame follows Brandon (Michael Fassbender), a successful, handsome New Yorker in his struggle to live a rounded life when his concentration is captured by porn and sex. The poor guy has more intimacy issues than the man in the moon.
When his perennial couch-surfer sister, Sissy (Carey Mulligan), intrudes into his space demanding connection and support, his aggressive rejection highlights some heavy-duty trauma.
In the hands of someone like Judd Apatow, sex addiction would be played for laughs, but this is not director Steve McQueen's approach. His guidance of Fassbender is shatteringly pitch perfect while Sean Bobbit's slick, gelid cinematography astutely captures Brandon's hollow life.