YMMV / Shame

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Brandon doesn't quite seem comfortable with his sister around him. Is it really because he doesn't like that she disturbed his privacy? Or perhaps his sexual addiction is so overwhelming he can't help but see her in a sexualized way that he knows is wrong and sick, therefore feeling even more... "shame"? Who knows.
  • Award Snub: Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan both went unlauded at the Oscars. The film's NC-17 rating probably had something to do with this.
  • Fetish Retardant: You want nudity, it's there by the truckload, but the sex is presented as an alien, desperate thing, and the nudity in non-sex scenes has far too much Incest Subtext to ignore.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The Woman on the Subway Train Brandon sees at the beginning and end of the film.
  • Tearjerker: A lot of the movie is this.
    • Especially the scene near the end where Brandon abandons Sissy for a night with prostitutes and we only hear the haunting music and Sissy's voicemails to Brandon.
    • When Brandon rushes home expecting to find a suicide note by Sissy that she jumped under the train, but instead finds her bleeding out from self-inflicted wounds in the bathroom.
  • Unfortunate Implications: In his review of the film, Kyle Kallgren of Brows Held High took issue with the depiction of the scene when protagonist Brandon has sex with a gay man. While Brandon's compulsive sex addiction is shown to be destructive in every instance, the gay sex is treated as "rock bottom", as the scene is shot under red lighting and then is followed by another scene where Brandon is beat up by a man on the street.
    • though the event can be seen under the lens of Brandons' addiction becoming so extreme as to make him sleep with anyone who is available whether or not he is even attracted to them what so ever.