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A member of Parliament falls passionately in love with his son's fiancée despite the dangers of discovery.

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Martyn Fleming
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Edward Lloyd
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Peter Wetzler
Gemma Clarke ...
Sally Fleming
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Donald Lyndsay, MP
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Elizabeth Prideaux
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Prime Minister
Ray Gravell ...
Raymond (as Raymond Gravell)
Susan Engel ...
Miss Snow
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Detective
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Civil Servant
Jeff Nuttall ...
Trevor Leigh Davies MP
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A member of Parliament (Irons) falls passionately in love with his son's fiancée. They pursue their affair with obsessive abandon despite the dangers of discovery and what it would do to his complacent life and his son. Completely obsessed, he wants to give up his current lifestyle to be with her. She has no intention of allowing him to do this, preferring to have her marriage to the son as a cover. They are eventually discovered, and must deal with the damage. Based on the novel by Josephine Hart. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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The most talked about novel of the year is now the most talked about film of the year. See more »

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Rated R for strong sexuality, and for language | See all certifications »

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22 January 1993 (USA)  »

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$7,532,911 (USA)
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When Stephen Fleming (Jeremy Irons) catches a train from Brussels to Paris, where his son Martyn Fleming (Rupert Graves) is having a dirty weekend with his girlfriend Anna Barton (Juliette Binoche), Stephen phones up to their room from the hotel lobby. Anna slips out of the bedroom where Martyn is asleep, then she and Stephen make love in a street doorway. After Stephen has checked into a hotel across the street and is served breakfast by a French maid - first he spied on Martyn and Anna making love in their bedroom - he doesn't finish his breakfast. Instead he curls up on a bed as if in great pain. See more »

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Anna sets out a vase of red tulips in the Apartment M hideaway. When she sets them up they are long and limp, but when the movie cuts back to Stephen being interviewed by the inspector, the flowers are shorter and standing straight up. See more »

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Ingrid Fleming: Why didn't you kill yourself? You should have killed yourself when it started, then I would have mourned you. It would have been difficult but I would have buried you. And I WOULD have wept. You are not an evil man. You should have killed yourself.
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Remade as Irreparable Damage (1995) See more »

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A Louise Malle masterpiece of unbridled passion!
18 February 2004 | by (usa) – See all my reviews

Fatale (Damage) is one of the most deeply lustful and emotionally charged films I've seen in years, a true Louise Malle masterpiece of unbridled passion. The love scenes are hot, to say the least, and I'll never be able to look at Julliet Binochet again without remembering them. Jeremy Irons does incredible work here and Amanda Richardson, who's part really doesn't require much during most of the movie, actually steals the film with some over the top acting at the end. However, it's Julliet Binochet who anchors this fine movie with her riveting performance and her strong and quite impressive visual presence. I simply couldn't take my eyes off her whenever she was on screen.


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