"Shame" is a bleak, cynical and shallow examination of sexual addiction a movie that uses its NC-17 rating more as marketing tool than as an honest exploration of its topic.
Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a 30-year-old Manhattan metrosexual who hides an addiction to porn and prostitutes. Considering the immaculate state of his apartment, and the estimated 20 minutes a day it must take him to knot his scarf in that perfect way he does, it's a wonder he can find the time.
Brandon tries a normal relationship with a beautiful co-worker, Marianne (Nicole Beharie), but real intimacy and connection are more than he can handle. After a thwarted attempt at sex with Marianne, Brandon returns to the same room with a hooker to finish what he couldn't before.