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6.4
/10
942 Ratings

Damage

Fatale

Directed by Louis Malle
United Kingdom, France, 1992
Drama, Romance

Synopsis

Stephen Fleming, a conservative MP, is married to Ingrid, with whom he has two children: Martyn, a brilliant political reporter, and Sally, a bright, curious teenager. However, his political career crumbles when he becomes obsessed with his son’s lover, Anna, with whom he begins a passionate affair.

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Damage Directed by Louis Malle

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1993 | Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

BAFTA Awards

1993 | Winner: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

César Awards

1993 | Nominee: Best Actress

Golden Globes (USA)

1993 | Nominee: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Critics reviews

Many viewers might feel more comfortable tsk-tsking the desperate Stephen, especially as his actions grow increasingly catastrophic, pathetic, and embarrassing, but it is to Damage’s credit that it remains elegantly objective through the sordid screw-turnings of the plot.
July 29, 2019
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I’d prefer to think that the dullness of Damage isn’t attributable to the remarkable Jeremy Irons, whom I consider an auteur — that is, a more powerful creative presence than any writer or director he works with. In this case he seems to have just honorably picked up his check because he couldn’t find anything to be creative about (unless it’s helping to arrive at the interesting positions he assumes with Juliette Binoche).
January 29, 1993
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What are people saying?

  • Thomas's rating of the film Damage

    Not Malle's best but certainly no disappointment. The casting is spot on; the raw magnetism between Irons and Binoche is simmering and intense, and Richardson is equally potent right up to her volatile scene-stealing breakdown. The film does not really change gear too much after it plateaus off quite early on, but the performances and fateful predicament are enough to hold interest.

  • Dorin Moldoveanu's rating of the film Damage

    Worst Malle movie, couldn't see myself in any of the characters. But this is the good part. The incredible (as in not credible) acting is why I really disliked this flick. Seems like a bad way to finish your career, Malle.

  • dionysus67's rating of the film Damage

    I dignify this with inclusion only to stress the sad spectacle of a major auteur in decline. Apart from the deeply sexist (for both women and men) overtones, the utterly ludicrous finale and the wooden performances of Binoche/Irons it features the most badly filmed erotic scenes I have ever witnessed in cinema. Laughable and totally passionless they add to what is a pretentious and ultimately reactionary film. Awful!

  • Richmond Hill's rating of the film Damage

    Bang goes the knighthood... A chilly walk down a familiar street. It has a certain elan but it's conventional stuff thematically, modelled here in the coldest marble and peopled with underdeveloped characters who are shunted around like chess pieces with the airiest of indifference. The world depicted seems more than a generation ago with a Britain now much changed, although banging your knighthood away has not...

  • NICOLE86's rating of the film Damage

    Its not romantic in any way.The two main characters were selfish and I hated them while watching it and did not want them to have happiness. But isn't that the main underlying for some affairs Selfishness?

  • Brad S.'s rating of the film Damage

    A fascinating sequel to Invasion of the Body Snatchers. In an attempt to simulate human behavior, two pod people go about attempting to mimic an illicit affair. There’s some aerobics that vaguely resemble sex and I would have thought the acting was ridiculously mannered had they been portraying characters who beared any resemblance to actual people.

  • VENIMOS LOS JODIMOS Y NOS FUIMOS's rating of the film Damage

    Si bien se trata de lo mejor de la ultima etapa de Louis Malle y, sin duda, de un film provocador e intenso, resulta imposible no soltar la carcajada en una deliciosa escena de humor involuntario, durante la cual, la esposa de Jeremy Irons le reclama a este por sus infidelidades con Juliette Binoche; viendo a Miranda Richardson en "topless", uno termina por justificar las motivaciones del personaje de Jeremy Irons.

  • lbunuel's rating of the film Damage

    An exercise in bodiless craft, too shallow even to be considered an academic endeavour. I have never seen sex so dully and pathetically depicted as in this involuntarily hilarious film.

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