Damage is a 1992 British/French film directed by Louis Malle and starring Jeremy Irons, Juliette Binoche, Miranda Richardson, Rupert Graves, and Ian Bannen. Based on the novel Damage by Josephine Hart, the film is about a British politician (Irons) who has a sexual relationship with his son's girlfriend and soon to be fiancée and becomes increasingly obsessed with her. Miranda Richardson was nominated for an Academy Award and won a BAFTA in the category of Best Supporting Actress for her performance as the aggrieved wife of the film's main character.
Dr. Stephen Fleming (Irons), a physician who has entered politics and become a minister, lives in London with wife Ingrid (Richardson) and daughter Sally (Gemma Clarke). Their adult son, Martyn (Graves), a young journalist, lives elsewhere in London. At a reception, Stephen meets a young woman, named Anna Barton (Binoche), daughter of a British diplomat and four-times married Frenchwoman (Leslie Caron), who "lives in Palm Springs". Anna, who works at Sotheby's, introduces herself as a close friend of Martyn's: they are instantly attracted to each other. Some time later, Martyn brings Anna to meet his parents at their elegant town house and reveals they are romantically involved. The sexual tension between Stephen and Anna is apparent, although Martyn and his mother seem unaware.