Carlos Atanes is back with a most strange hybrid of science fiction, horror, comedy and musical. It features a lot of fetish clothing and bizarre S&M tools to keep mouth open. At the same time, it is disturbingly fascinating ... and funny!
Maximum Shame starts with a loving couple lying on a bed and talking strange things until the man goes under the bed. He finds a path to abandoned warehouse, which seems to be the realm of a sadistic queen, named The Queen. The woman follows him, only to get captured and to hear that black hole is going to swallow the earth.
Story and the events are not that simple, though. There is a lot of going on, and when you think that things just couldn't go more bizarre, you will be surprised once and once again. Maximum Shame is not for the faint-hearted. but the great amount of humour keeps you glued to the screen. A very good cast including Ana Mayo, Marina Gatell, Ignasi Vidal and Ariadna Ferrer are also giving nice performances, considering the demanding roles. too!
Despite all the disturbing images, Maximum Shame is the most polished Carlos Atanes film I have seen. That doesn't mean that he is giving up. The story and the meaning of a dialogue may be very difficult to understand, but Atanes also lets the viewer make own conclusions.
I never thought I would say this, but I wished there had been more of musical scenes! In this strange context they are really the highlights and give extra "WTF"-feel to everything you are about to witness. Marc Alvarez's uplifting songs the director's funny lyrics make a beautiful(!) combination.
Maximum Shame is highly original film - and a very strange one too. This is why I totally recommend it. You may have to watch it few times, before you understand the story. I am not promising anything, but sometimes the strong images are enough. In Maximum Shame, this is just the case.
Maximum Shame is available on DVD at Amazon.com