It could be said that the shame of nudity has been drilled into the Christian world since the beginning of time. Getting dressed was a big part Adam and Eve’s punishment for using the Tree of Life as a food court. Shame is a harrowing movie with what’s generally acknowledged to be one of the most courageous performances of all time by Michael Fassbender as a sex addict – addict being the key word.
Director Steve McQueen makes drug addiction seem more attractive than the horrible, pleasureless universe Fassbender inhabits. An uncomfortable film people went to see not for the nudity, but in spite of it, this exemplified anti-Hollywood nudity.