Time is running out and the future is a black hole!
Maximum Shame is described as "an apocalyptic fetish horror musical chess sci-fi weird feature movie." I would say that is an apt if not succinct description. But it is also more than these things. It's a claustrophobic, thought provoking, bewildering puzzle which I don't think has a concrete answer. It's a collection of characters who live in a bizarre world where each thinks they have the answers about their reality, but are actually not really in control. It's a tale which is often humorous, often disturbing about the struggle between those who dominate and those who serve. Or something. Nothing about this film is clear, which I think is the point.
"A man is lying in bed as a woman, presumed to be his wife, lulls him to sleep with various facts about numbers, such as the fact that there are more potential variations on a game of chess than there are atoms in the universe, She succumbs to sleep herself after promising to help him determine his favorite number tomorrow, and as soon as she's asleep, the man quickly springs to life. We hear his internal monologue as he worries about his impending doom: a black hole will swallow the Earth in a few short hours. In an attempt to survive a few moments longer, he crawls under the bed and finds himself in a bizarre alternate universe."
This is the first film I've seen from director Carlos Atanes, but it won't be the last. It's rare to come across a movie that is truly unique and I look forward to seeing how bizarre his other films are. So, if ever you are in the mood to see a darkly humorous and thought-provoking fetish musical, then you should check out Maximum Shame. Or just watch it for the sexy Spanish accents. Either way, you should watch it.
Violence Rating/Index: 2 out of 5
Booby Rating/Index: 1 out of 5
Pipe Smoking Rating/Index: 2 out of 5
*Also, according to IMDb, Filmbizarro.com awarded Maximum Shame the "Biggest Mindfuck Award" in 2012. It earned it.