The official trailer to one of the most critically acclaimed films of this award season has finally debuted. Shame directed by artist Steve McQueen tells the troubled tale of a sex addict played by Michael Fassbender. This is the second collaboration between Fassbender and McQueen. Their first film together was the critically acclaimed Hunger.
The topic of sexual addiction is a pretty tricky subject to convey on film. Finding a balance between realism and sympathy has proved troublesome for many film makers tackling the subject. Go too dark and audiences are disgusted and tune out, approach the material too lightly and it becomes unintentionally humorous.
But this trailer seems to hit the right notes. It shows the character’s loneliness, and despair, while also conveying the excitement of his addiction. I’m excited to see Fassbender’s approach. His work in X-Men: First Class and Inglourious Basterds showcased some of his range and appeal. Perhaps this will earn him some mainstream award season acclaim. He already claimed best actor at the Venice Film Festival for the role.
Shame stars Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badge Dale and Nicole Beharie. Shame is directed by Steve McQueen and is written by Abi Morgan and Steve McQueen. The film is scheduled for release in the United States on December 2, 2012.
Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a 30-something man living in New York who is unable to manage his sex life. After his wayward younger sister moves into his apartment, Brandon’s world spirals out of control. From director Steve McQueen (Hunger), Shame is a compelling and timely examination of the nature of need, how we live our lives and the experiences that shape us.