"Defying all description is Carlos Atanes’ Maximum Shame. The film is packed with ideas and obsessions and peopled with an outlandish cast in an absurdist environment. The result is incredibly engaging on both a visceral and an intellectual level. Maximum Shame is a narrative puzzle which, like chess, sets up a series of rules that are superficially simple but which allow for endlessly complex positions to be developed and explored. This is a film that does expect you to pay attention and one that will challenge you to consider many of your preconceived notions. It is also a richly rewarding experience."