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Damage [1993] [Dutch Import] [DVD]

3.8 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Jeremy Irons, Juliette Binoche, Miranda Richardson, Rupert Graves, Ian Bannen
  • Directors: Louis Malle
  • Writers: David Hare, Josephine Hart
  • Producers: Louis Malle, Simon Relph, Vincent Malle
  • Format: PAL, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Indies Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 24 April 2001
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002NBYYQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,946 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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"Some of the most ferocious sex scenes ever seen on screen" -- Daily Mail --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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This tells the story of a forbidden love between a middle-aged politician and his son's fiancée. Starring Jeremy Irons, Juliette Binoche, Miranda Richardson and Rupert Graves. Damage is about an intense and erotic affair that ends in tragedy and destroys a family.
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5 stars
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Film as good as the book, disturbing but fascinating psychologically
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It highlights how experiences shape our lives: sometimes, with often devastating consequences. Excellent movie with first rate actors & storyline.
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chose this film because I saw tv many years ago and Jeremy Irons is one of my favourite actors.
once again it came on time of the delivery date.
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I wish this was on Blu-ray
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Louis Malle often chose controversial themes as a way of exploring the human condition, yet he generally avoided a sensational treatment, preferring understatement. In Damage, his penultimate film, he pushes the envelope more than usual on the subject of all-consuming sexual passion. He always gave sexuality its due place in life and this take on it had already been the subject of Les Amants made in 1958. But here it is less lyrical, more explicit, and the consequences are shown. The big difference lies in the title; rather than the bursting of love into the lives of two people who are fundamentally well-adjusted, Juliette Binoche's character, Anna, is suffering from a trauma caused by her past which allows her to be involved with a young man - played by Rupert Graves - and his politician father at the same time. The father becomes totally obsessed by her, and the question is not only where will it all end, but also what is driving this young woman. Binoche brings great allure and mystery to the role, and the premise is intriguing, as a sly portrait of an upper-middle class English family is deftly filled in. Miranda Richardson acts with extraordinary intensity in one scene, and is completely convincing as the wife, while Leslie Caron's presence adds a certain glamour - even to what there already is - as Anna's mother. She bears a certain facial resemblance to Binoche that makes the casting ideal. Without making anyone seem better than they are, Malle manages to extend understanding to everyone, refusing to judge. It is ultimately the strength of the film, which contrasts starkly the public life of a political figure with what may be felt inwardly of great intensity.Read more ›
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The key catalyst in this modern Greek tragedy is Anna Barton (Juliette Binoche), a young, androgynous woman and the daughter of a diplomat, whose taciturn and cryptic presence has both a bewitching and disturbing effect from the start. When she meets her boyfriend's father, Dr. Stephen Fleming (Jeremy Irons) who is a Member of Parliament, and begins an affair with him, the Oedipal roles are reversed as the father becomes the competitor for the son's love object. At a family gathering, Anna is open about her traumatic past, telling them of her brother who committed suicide at 16, unable to cope with his sister embarking on her first love affair. Left with a legacy of existential anguish, she would seem to be compulsively reenacting the conflict through new erotic entanglements in an attempt to resolve it, and remains wholly unconcerned about the destruction she might wreak in the process. As she rather melodramatically tells Stephen after another bout of aggressive sex, "Remember: damaged people are dangerous. They know they can survive".

Other reviewers have commented that the motivation of Jeremy Irons' character is not clear or realistic. But I felt that it was plausible and could understand how he might be easily seduced by Anna - she does after all embody the fierce passion and powerful emotions that are all too lacking in his boring, bourgeois marriage to Ingrid (Miranda Richardson) and the routine-based family existence he has built up with her. His betrayal of her and his own son Martyn (Rupert Graves) is not a morally reprehensible act, but I believe it was director Louis Malle's intention to show what is spontaneously - and sometimes fatally - abandoned when buried desires are finally acted upon after years of repression.
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