‘Shame’ Trailer Debuts Sporting Its Shiny New NC-17 MPAA Rating

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Michael Fassbender in Shame
Photo: Fox Searchlight

Fox Searchlight has declared the NC-17 rating for Steve McQueen’s Shame a “badge of honor” and after receiving said rating last week, seven days later the first domestic trailer for the fall festival hit arrives.

This is a film I saw in Toronto and in my review I opened saying:

Words come to mind to describe Steve McQueen’s Shame; words beyond the title such as unrelenting, physical, pain, sex, disposable, disgust, penetration and need. And in those words you will find the story of a thirty-something man with an uncontrollable sex addiction. It’s an addiction he’s neither proud of nor privately denies he has. McQueen explores this world with a script he co-wrote with playwright Abi Morgan, and he is unforgiving in his intimacy with the material. Yet, to call it intimate almost suggests some measure of delicacy, which isn’t altogether misleading, but it doesn’t imply the destruction we bear witness to.

In the film Michael Fassbender stars as Brandon, a 30-something man living in New York who is unable to manage his sex life. After his wayward younger sister (Carey Mulligan) moves into his apartment, Brandon’s world spirals out of control.

Shame is set to hit theaters on December 2, check out the trailer directly below and if you’d like to read my full review click here. You can watch the trailer in high definition at Apple.