Groundbreaking Films Promoting Sexual Freedom

Written by Mark Rausch

Shame (2011)

Steve McQueen’s film contained sex scenes and nudity that wouldn’t have been so shocking if the subject matter — sex addiction — wasn’t so riveting. Critics said no film had ever explored this problem head on before. Michael Fassbender’s protagonist, Brandon, has to rearrange his Wall Street, high-finance, sterile and lonely life dramatically when his brash, unhinged sister Sissy comes to crash at his swag Manhattan pad. What he cannot push to the side are his primal urges, which are startling at times. With incredible performances and a soulful look at soulless behavior, this is a masterful depiction of humanity.