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964 Ratings



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


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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