- 1 hr 51 min
Damage (Fatale) is a film based upon Josephine Hart’s novel that was written by David Hare and directed by Louis Malle and starring Jeremy Irons and Juliette Binoche. Miranda Richardson received an Academy Award as well as a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress as the wife of the movie’s main character. The story follows esteemed Dr. Stephen Fleming as a British cabinet minister who lives a very privileged life with his wife, Ingrid, and daughter, Sally. Older son, Martyn, is an up-and-coming journalist. Stephen meets Anna Barton, a half-French woman at a party, who introduces herself as Martyn's close friend. However, we are made immediately aware that Stephen and Anna are very attracted to one another. Martyn visits London to see his parents and brings along Anna, revealing that they are involved romantically. However, the sexual tension between Anna and Stephen is very clear, while their respective significant others remain oblivious to this fact. Despite Anna’s relationship with Martyn, she arranges a tryst with Stephen in her apartment. Stephen develops a strong obsession for Anna, who clearly has a hard time refusing his advances. He travels to Paris to meet up with her after a business trip rather than going home. While Martyn sleeps, Anna and Stephen have sex in broad daylight in an open doorway. Stephen then checks into a hotel that is across the street and spies on the couple. His infatuation soon makes him want to be with her all of the time. While visiting Anna's apartment, Stephen believes that she is cheating on him with a former flame. She denies having an affair with him and insists that the man simply consoled her after her brother’s suicide. Stephen and family travel to their country home to celebrate their daughter’s birthday. Martyn announces that he is engaged to Anna, whereupon Stephen is visibly upset. Anna’s mother guesses that they are having an affair and insists that they must end it. However, he succumbs to his desires until they are caught by Martyn and it all comes to a tragic end.