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How could it go any other way?,
This review is from: Damage (DVD)
I routinely go on Juliette Binoche hunts. From Andre Techine's "Rendezvous", through Phil Kaufman's "The Unbearable Lightness of Being", and Kieslowski's spectacular "Blue", there is only one way to Anthony Minghella's "The English Patient", and Chatal Ackerman's "Couch in New York" and that road goes right through Louie Malle's "Damage".
I am just young enough to have missed Malle in his prime, my perspective and morality just askew enough to not fully appreciate say `Pretty Baby" or "Lacombe Lucien" even his wonderful "Atlantic City" eluded me for some time.
But Damage, from the extremely short novel of Josephine Hart is a story that must be told, and Louie Malle is a superb storyteller. American movie-goers tend to shy from the psychological drama, of which this film is a superb example, as they somewhat shy away from the movies lead, Jeremy Irons.
Iron's character, Fleming is a Minister in the cabinet of the British Prime Minister. He's from proper upbringing, his stance is rigid, his tone short and dismissive-he's a man holding in his gut for the entirety of his life who's getting ready to pop all his buttons in one fail swoop.
His distraction for Anna (Binoche) the fiancée of his only son, has an intensity that is combustible and I would be derelict to tell any more of the tale.
Not for all tastes, maybe not even for all mature tastes, but when you're in the mood for something adult, something intense, I suggest you look here.
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Initial post: Apr 19, 2012 10:18:49 AM PDT
D. M. Keane says:
I want to respond to the comment about American audiences. I (an American) saw this film in the theatre (in the USA) and was irritated and distracted by the audience's juvenile reaction. They sniggered during the sex scenes and often reacted judgmentally (disapproving sounds and comments) to the actions and behavior of Stephen and Anna, missing the point entirely. I suspect the audience could not handle the raw emotion, explicit vulnerability and in-depth exploration of an adult "dangerous liaison." It was a relief to view the film privately when it came out on video; I have seen it many times. I admire both Jeremy Irons and Juliet Binoche, not to mention Miranda Richardson, very much. I wish there were more modern films made with such exquisite, psychological intensity. It was insightful for me to read your comment with regards to the taste of American movie-goers.
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