‘Shame’ grapples with challenging subject of abused men.
Battered men have never really fared well in pop culture. From the cartoon wife with the rolling pin to the arm-flailing girlfriend, woman-on-man domestic violence is usually played for laughs. But as the creators of Shame point out, 53 percent of domestic violence was directed at men in 2010. That’s nothing to laugh about.
Shame follows the story of Lance, a college student, who must decide how to face his abuse at the hands of his girlfriend, Leanne. Lance comes home yet again bloodied, and his mother is done with it. He’s unwilling to press charges, though, so family tensions rise to a breaking point.
The filmmakers “hope to empower male victims of domestic violence so that they will break the silence of their victimization.” You can rent Shame on line here: Distrify.com.