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.
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Desire... Deceit... Destiny...
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Did You Know?
Actress Miranda Richardson
was awarded the Best Supporting Actress Award by the New York Film Critics Circle for her performances in three films including this movie was well as Enchanted April
(1991) and The Crying Game
(1992). Richardson was Oscar nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Damage
(1992) in the same year that Joan Plowright
was also for Enchanted April
(1991). Jaye Davidson
, partially portraying a woman, was nominated in the Best Supporting Actor Oscar category also in the same year for The Crying Game
(1992). None of them won the Oscar in their Supporting Role categories. See more
Early in the film when Stephen arrives home it is night. Yet once inside, when the maid draws the curtains, the garden outside is bathed in sunlight. See more
Dr. Stephen Fleming
It takes a remarkably short time to withdraw from the world. I traveled... until I arrived at a life of my own. What really makes us is beyond grasping. It's way beyond knowing. We give in to love... because it gives us some sense of what is unknowable. Nothing else matters, not at the end.
USA version removed 1 minute of sexually-explicit footage in order to secure a R rating. European unrated version is available on video/laserdisc in USA. See more