• 2011
  • UK
  • 1h 40min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Steve McQueen
  • Written by: Abi Morgan, Steve McQueen
  • Cast: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan
  • UK release: 13 January 2012

Brandon Sullivan (Fassbender) is trapped in his own world of sex addiction. Then his sister, club singer Sissy (Mulligan), drifts into his life and apartment, upsetting the precarious knife edge of his existence. Fassbender is stunning in a strangely lyrical film about ugly desperation.

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