A member of Parliament falls passionately in love with his son’s fiancée. They pursue their affair with obsessive abandon despite the dangers of discovery and what it would do to his complacent life and his son. Completely obsessed, he wants to give up his current lifestyle to be with her. She has no intention of allowing him to do this, preferring to have her marriage to the son as a cover. They are eventually discovered, and must deal with the damage. Based on the novel by Josephine Hart. —IMDb
Louis Malle (born October 30, 1932, Thumeries, France—died November 23, 1995, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.) French motion-picture director whose eclectic films were noted for their emotional realism and stylistic simplicity.
Malle’s wealthy family resisted his early interest in film but allowed him to enter the Institute of Advanced Cinematographic Studies in Paris in 1950. After studying at the institute, he worked as an assistant to filmmaker Robert Bresson and codirected the documentary Le Monde du silence (1956; The Silent World) with underwater explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
Malle’s first feature film, Ascenseur pour l’échafaud (1957; Frantic), was a psychological thriller. His second, Les Amants (1958; The Lovers), was a commercial success and established Malle and its star, Jeanne Moreau, in the film industry. The film’s lyrical love scenes, tracked with exquisite timing, exhibit Malle’s typically bold and uninhibited treatment of sensual themes. Social alienation… read more
I think that Louis Malle prefectly encapsulated what a dangerously intense love affair is. Binoche, playing an emotionally broken, powerfully sensual, and mysterious character. The magnetism between Irons and Binoche is so potent, that it reaches out and abruptly pulls you in, and all of a sudden, you are there. It was brilliant. Then again, It IS Louis MAlle we are talking about...
There have been a lot of films that focus on a secret relationship or affair, but the execution of the romance that ensues in Louis Malle's Damage is so divine and outrageously perfect that it tops anything I have ever seen. The performances from the two leads; Jeremy Irons and Juliette Binoche are also unbeatable and I wasn't aware that Irons was capable of something so emotional and magnificent. Upon reflection, I think it's somewhat of an overlooked masterpiece and I now have a desire to revisit some of Binoche and Iron's other great films. Perfection.