Directed by Steve McQueen
From 13th January 2012
Although at times this film resembles a well produced blue movie, containing
at times gratuitous sex scenes, there lies beneath it a deep and disturbing
Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is fixated with sex, real and imagined,
bordering on the addictive. He can't get enough. He never reaches fulfilment.
The more sex he has the more he wants.
Director Steve McQueen, who worked with Fassbender on Hunger, captures
the antics of the sexual junkie with unflinching detail.
One of the most disturbing scenes, even though no physical contact takes
place, is early in the film. Brandon, while travelling on the subway en
route to his job as an advertising executive, continually gazes upon a
young woman sitting opposite him. At first she seems to enjoy his interest
in her, although no words are spoken, but gradually she becomes noticeably
agitated at his predatory stare. Clearly frightened, she escapes his mental
clutches by fleeing out of a station. Brandon takes pursuit of her but
to no avail, leaving him in an anguished state. No fix for him this time.
To add to his troubled mind his sister, Sissy, impressively played by
English actress Carey Mulligan (Never Let Me Go and Doctor Who!) arrives
unexpectedly to stay at his Manhatten designer apartment. Friction between
the siblings soon arises, caused by Brandon's resentment of her presence
cramping his life style.
Along with her elder brother she has a troubled past, making her very
vulnerable and desperate for love, something Brandon evidently would find
an alien concept.