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Damage ()


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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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Anna / Martyn's fiancee
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Dr. Stephen / Husband
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Ingrid / wife
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Martyn / Son
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Edward / Ingrid's father
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Peter Wetzler
Gemma Clarke ...
Sally / Daughter
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Donald Lyndsay / MP
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Elizabeth / Anna's mother
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Prime Minister
Ray Gravell ...
Raymond (as Raymond Gravell)
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Miss Snow
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Detective
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Civil Servant
Jeff Nuttall ...
Trevor Leigh Davies / MP
Roger Llewellyn ...
Palmer
Jason Morell ...
Young Man at Sotheby's
Barry Stearn ...
Prime Minister's Aide
Linda Delapena ...
Beth
Francine Stock ...
TV Interviewer
Henry Power ...
Henry
Simon De Deney ...
Young Man at DTI
Luc Etienne ...
Lutetia Receptionist

Directed by

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Louis Malle

Written by

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David Hare ... (screenplay)
 
Josephine Hart ... (novel)

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Louis Malle ... producer
Vincent Malle ... co-producer
Simon Relph ... co-producer

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Zbigniew Preisner

Cinematography by

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Peter Biziou

Film Editing by

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John Bloom

Editorial Department

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Ian Seymour ... assistant editor

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Patsy Pollock

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Brian Morris

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Richard Earl

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Philippe Turlure

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Milena Canonero

Makeup Department

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Louise Constad ... key makeup artist
Linda DeVetta ... key makeup artist
Paolo Mantini ... key hair stylist

Production Management

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Jean-Yves Asselin ... production manager: France
Mederic Bourlat ... assistant unit manager
Donna Grey ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Michel Ferry ... first assistant director
Cordelia Hardy ... second assistant director

Art Department

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James Hambidge ... set designer
Sarah Hauldren ... assistant art director
John O'Shaughnessy ... production buyer
Philippe Turlure ... art director: France
Barry Wilkinson ... property master
Simon Wilkinson ... chargehand stand-by props

Sound Department

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Eddy Joseph ... sound editor
Jean-Claude Laureux ... sound
Nigel Mills ... sound editor
Robin O'Donoghue ... re-recording mixer
Brigitte Taillandier ... boom operator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Christine Aubry ... assistant camera
Peter Bloor ... gaffer
Jean Coudsi ... focus puller: French crew
Marc Koninckx ... camera operator: French crew / steadicam operator: French crew
Mike Proudfoot ... camera operator
Robert Prévost ... gaffer: French crew
Dominique Robert ... grip: second unit additional crew

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Richard Pointing ... wardrobe supervisor
Emily Seresin ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

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Rachel Neale ... location manager
Amanda Stevens ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Wojciech Michniewski ... conductor (as Wosciech Michniewski)
Sinfonia Varsovia ... musician (as Symfonia Varsovia)

Transportation Department

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Terry Pritchard ... driver: Louis Malle
Mark White ... transportation

Other crew

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Mike Dempsey ... title designer
Sara Desmond ... assistant to ms. binoche
Ben Jenkins ... production runner
France Lachapelle ... script supervisor (as France La Chapelle)
Janine Modder ... production coordinator (as Janine Lodge)
Helen Seery ... assistant accountant
Stéphanie Seilhean ... production assistant
Joan Washington ... dialogue coach
Alex L. Worman ... publicity team
Daniel Nyiri ... behind the scenes video: writer and producer (uncredited)
Tina Simmons ... miranda richardson: stand-in/double (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines With love comes risk. With obsession comes... Damage. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Fatale (France)
  • Verhängnis (Germany)
  • Herida (Spain)
  • Saatuslik (Estonia)
  • Вреда (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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  • 111 min
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Trivia Reportedly, Juliette Binoche apparently walked off the set of the film when co-star Jeremy Irons allegedly became too physical during love scenes. According to an article published by British newspaper The Daily Telegraph on November 16, 2004, Binoche snubbed Irons after he acted a French kiss a little too realistically in one of their love scenes. When questioned about the kiss during an interview published by The Daily Express on August 10, 2011, Irons answered: "Oh, I'm sure I did", and by way of explaining Binoche's distaste for his eagerness, said she was "a bit anti-man at the time" as she had just come out of a relationship. In an interview published by The Daily Telegraph on March 6, 2015, Binoche was asked which one of her British co-stars stands out for her, and she answered: "They're all in my heart, I tell you, even Jeremy Irons," and confirmed that they had a few problems together during the shooting. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Forever Young/Damage/Toys/Scent of a Woman/Used People (1992). See more »
Quotes Anna Barton: Damaged people are dangerous. They know they can survive.
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