UK - France, 1992
A film by
For as long as images have flickered on a screen, romance has been the ever-beating heart of the filmgoing experience.
The Criterion Collection
Louis Malle brings Josephine Hart's best-selling erotic novel about obsession, deceit, and destruction to the screen, based on an adaptation by playwright David Hare.
Stephen Fleming is a British Conservative M.P. He is married to Ingrid (Miranda Richardson) and they have two children; Martyn (Rupert Graves) and Sally. It seems to be the perfect family life, but it is not.
When Stephen attends a cocktail party he meets a mysterious French woman named Anna Barton (Juliette Binoche), who happens to be Martyn’s new girlfriend. The attraction between Anna and Stephen is palpable. Very quickly they embark on a torrid affair. However, Anna is a deeply damaged person following the tragic suicide of her brother.
When Anna agrees to marry Martyn, Stephen’s sexual obsession intensifies as the inevitable fall-out of his affair with Anna leads to a tragedy neither can imagine.
Damage was critically successful upon its release, yet was surrounded by controversy when it was granted an NC-17 rating in the US, leading to Malle cutting several sexually explicit scenes. Juliette Binoche was César nominated for the fourth time for her role..
with a special appearance by
as Elisabeth Prideaux
US home entertainment trailer
French TV spot
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