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Adapted from Josephine Hart's spare novel by British screenwriter David Hare and French director Louis Malle, this brooding erotic drama concerns the obsessive sexual relationship between an English politician and his son's lover. Stephen Flemming (Jeremy Irons), an up-and-coming member of Parliament, has a beautiful and loving wife, Ingrid (Miranda Richardson), and two children, including son Martyn (Rupert Graves), a successsful journalist. Sparks fly, however, when Stephen meets beautiful art-world denizen ...
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Overview

Adapted from Josephine Hart's spare novel by British screenwriter David Hare and French director Louis Malle, this brooding erotic drama concerns the obsessive sexual relationship between an English politician and his son's lover. Stephen Flemming (Jeremy Irons), an up-and-coming member of Parliament, has a beautiful and loving wife, Ingrid (Miranda Richardson), and two children, including son Martyn (Rupert Graves), a successsful journalist. Sparks fly, however, when Stephen meets beautiful art-world denizen Anna Barton (Juliette Binoche), Martyn's new girlfriend. A measured, seemingly passionless man who believes that life can be controlled, Stephen suddenly finds himself unable to resist brief but intense liaisons with the mysterious, melancholy Anna. Eventually she explains the palpable air of sadness that hangs over her: When she was 15, her beloved older brother committed suicide because he could not possess her. "Remember," Anna warns Stephen, "Damaged people are dangerous. They know they can survive." Drawn to Anna and the passion she engenders in him, Stephen tries to justify his betrayal by telling himself Martyn isn't serious about Anna; he is stunned, then, when the two announce their engagement. On the advice of Anna's mother (Leslie Caron), who sees right through the charade, Stephen tries to break things off. But soon the affair resumes with full force, eventually destroying several lives. Although Damage's stark, frank sex scenes were trimmed to attain an R rating for theatrical release, the original, uncut version is available on video and DVD. Richardson received an Oscar nomination for her work.
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Editorial Reviews

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Accomplished French director Louis Malle stays faithful to Josephine Hart's best-selling novel about obsession, deceit, and destruction, but adds the touch of humanity to these difficult subjects characteristic of his earlier works such as Murmur of the Heart (1971) and Pretty Baby (1978). Adapted for the screen by playwright David Hare, the script is a dialogue-sparse and moody psychological exploration of passionate obsession, from the sublime ecstasy of its initial grip to its inevitable tragedy. The gaunt yet elegant Jeremy Irons is adept at portraying Dr. Stephen Fleming, the distinguished, silently suffering government official with a sexual loneliness turned sexual obsession that parallels Irons' roles in M. Butterfly (1993) and Lolita (1997). Juliette Binoche's role as Anna Barton is hauntingly enigmatic and a difficult one; her pain and sadness is expressed through her gaze, her needy gestures, and her tormented silences. Similar in tone, although not as revered, as the classic Last Tango in Paris (1972), the film garnered much criticism for its abstract character motivations. Not for all tastes, this is a deeply complex and disturbing tale of unhappiness that is all too authentic.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/2011
  • UPC: 883316397145
  • Original Release: 1992
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:52:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 27,064

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeremy Irons Dr.Stephen Fleming
Juliette Binoche Anna Barton
Miranda Richardson Ingrid
Rupert Graves Martyn
Ian Bannen Edward Lloyd
Leslie Caron Elizabeth Prideaux
Peter Stormare Peter Wetzler
Gemma Clarke Sally
Julian Fellowes Donald Lyndsaymp
Tony Doyle Prime Minister
Simon de Deney Young Man at DTI
Susan Engel Miss Snow
David Thewlis Detective
Benjamin Whitrow Civil Servant
Jeff Nuttall Trevor Leigh Davies MP
Luc √Čtienne Lutetia Receptionist
Ray Gravell Raymond
Roger Llewellyn Palmer
Jason Morell Young Man at Sotheby's
Barry Steam PRime Minister's Aide
Linda Delapena Beth
Francine Stock TV Interviewer
Henry Power Henry
Technical Credits
Louis Malle Director, Producer
Peter Biziou Cinematographer
John Bloom Editor
Milena Canonero Costumes/Costume Designer
Louise Constad Makeup
Linda de Vetta Makeup
Richard Earl Art Director
Michel Ferry Asst. Director
Donna Grey Production Manager
David Hare Screenwriter
Jean-Claude Laureux Sound/Sound Designer
Vincent Malle Co-producer
Brian Morris Production Designer
Patsy Pollock Casting
Zbigniew Preisner Score Composer
Jill Quertier Set Decoration/Design
Simon Relph Co-producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful

    I have seen this movie so long time ago, and when for some reason my friends and I talked about movies we have seen and liked a lot, this is the one I liked the most.Finally I can buy it and is going to be the queen of my foreign movies collection.

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