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Damage (1992)

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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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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With love comes risk. With obsession comes... Damage. See more »

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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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Fatale  »

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$7,532,911 (USA)
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1.66 : 1
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The name of the English country manor estate of Edward Lloyd (Ian Bannen), the father of Ingrid Fleming (Miranda Richardson) and father-in-law of Dr. Stephen Fleming (Jeremy Irons), was "Hartley". See more »

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When Stephen is leaving Elizabeth to her hotel he is wearing a suit. When he requests the driver to stop and let him out of the car he is wearing an overcoat. See more »

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Elizabeth Prideaux: You must understand, this is a wonderful chance for Anna to get a fresh start in life.
Dr. Stephen Fleming: I'm not sure I know what you mean.
Elizabeth Prideaux: Yes you do. I watched you at lunch. You didn't dare to look at her.
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Fascinating
3 September 2004 | by (Zutphen, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This movie is really much less shallow than many people criticizing it would think. Actually, I was captivated by it from start to finish. It is understandable that one would question the likeliness of all these events happening, and in that respect the characters might be a bit unreal. But I don't think the movie should be watched that way. The sheer unreasonable passion between Anna and Stephen should be felt, not analyzed. I think that a lot of people wished that they would or could feel something like this for another in today's harsh, business-like world. It is always an easy way out to be cynical about it. Although the characters and their relationships are not very "deep", I found everything entirely believable, and that is the only thing that counts.

I did not really ever see an entire movie with Binoche or Irons, and I wonder how they managed to slip through for so long, because I loved them both. Funny how one commentator remarked that the Anna character should have been sleazier for credibility. Don't you see that this all about self-destruction? The tiny, innocuous-looking Anna that Binoche portrays, a girl that most people wouldn't give a second look, a girl that might seem cold at first sight, is just what attracts Stephen, because they both find in each other what they have never found in anyone else. Both characters are on a mission to make their lives more miserable, because that it what defines them. This certainly goes for Anna, but Stephen is even more interesting because his life is so well organized. Anna is just a catalyst for everything he probably wanted to happen one way or another, and that is why he will not stop their "collision course" when he still can. The inevitability of it all shows best at the end: he shows no remorse, or any other emotion, just acceptation. He was subconsciously wanting to put and end to the life he had been living so far. This is also a feeling that many people can relate to, I think. Yes, the end is a bit theatrical maybe, but it didn't bother me. I'd watch it again next week.

Great movie. **** out of ****.


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