I don't think I've seen an NC-17 placed so boldly in a theatrical preview before, but good for Fox Searchlight for doing so. As I've said before, I have nothing against NC17 as a rating at all. I just want the stigma removed. SHAME is an adult film, about adult things, and I'd hate to see a filmmaker like Steve McQueen denigrated just because he wants to go places that might be uncomfortable for some audiences. It's pretty simple - if you can't handle a frank discussion of sexual addiction and family dysfunction, don't see the film.
Personally, I want to see SHAME pdq - Michael Fassbender has quickly become a hell of an actor to watch, and he's proven he can do serious drama as well as popcorn fare. The trailer feels suitably intense and I love the cinematography in it - dark, but classically shot. Feels like McQueen is making a stylish drama and can't wait to see it. SHAME opens soon; check www.shamemovie.com for details. Here's the trailer: