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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Ray Gravell ...
Raymond (as Raymond Gravell)
Susan Engel ...
Miss Snow
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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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Drama | Romance

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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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1.66 : 1
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This Anglo-French co-production featured two renowned French actresses amongst its predominantly English cast with they being Leslie Caron and Juliette Binoche. 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: [screaming, devastated] GIVE *ME* MY SON!
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Dreary
26 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

What a dreary and depressing movie! The script is ridiculously inadequate to begin with and takes a laughable turn towards ludicrous. The romance between Irons and Binoche comes out of nowhere and is not believable for a moment. Their love scenes are obviously meant to be passionate but they are so poorly executed that they come across as rather comical. It is hard to believe that someone like Irons would risk everything for someone as incredibly bland as Binoche is portrayed to be here. Irons does his usual pompous blow-hard routine. The only notable performance is given by Richardson as Irons's suffering wife. This is undoubtedly the worst film of Malle's career.


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