British director Steve McQueen's Shame
stars Michael Fassbender as Brandon, a Manhattan executive whose handsome visage and polished appearance mask serious psychosexual issues. He masturbates obsessively at home and in the restrooms at work, owns hundreds of hardcore pornographic magazines and videos, spends evenings in webcam sessions with hookers, and occasionally picks up women for quick, mechanical sex. Emotional sterility rules Brandon's life -- it's as though an impenetrable shield surrounds his heart. And when his younger sister, professional musician Sissy (Carey Mulligan), reaches out to him with a series of desperate answering-machine messages, he c...