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Indie Roundup: ‘Shame’

There’s a scene right near the beginning of Steve McQueen’s brilliant “Shame” where the film’s protagonist is in a subway car opposite a pretty redheaded lass in a short skirt. He leers at her with the cool appraisal of a jungle predator. She shifts, blushes, and steals glances back at him, looking as flustered and aroused as he seems impassive. It’s a scene of almost unbearable sexual tension, and McQueen masterfully lets it go on and on.

“Shame” made waves earlier this year for getting slapped with an NC-17 rating. The rating supposedly spells box office death, but this movie, which is rightfully getting Oscar buzz, might put that long-held assumption to the test. Sure, there is plenty of skin in “Shame” — it is a movie about a sex addict, after all. Yet McQueen manages to create scenes of a different sort of nakedness — emotional, spiritual — that are beautiful, unnerving, and hypnotic. McQueen was a gallery artist before stepping behind the camera, and it shows. Every shot in the movie has a beauty that recalls a painting more than a movie still. Continue reading ‘Indie Roundup: ‘Shame’’


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