The horniest father/son love triangle drama we've ever seen
Updated: Mar 23
Welcome to this special Valentine's Day edition of Tell Me About Your Father, where Elizabeth and Erin are applying the same razor-sharp critical analysis they've given to television shows like Mad Men and The Sopranos to an extraordinarily horny 30-year-old movie called Damage. It's the story of a family torn apart by a father's affair with his son's girlfriend, based on the sensational 1991 novel by British author Josephine Hart and directed by the late Louis Malle, known for films like The Lovers, My Dinner with Andre, and Pretty Baby.
This hot, psychosexual trauma romp stars Juliette Binoche, Miranda Richardson, and as the father, EGOT-winner Jeremy Irons, currently playing the patriarch, Rodolfo Gucci, in House of Gucci, but also known for such classics as the canonically gay 1981 TV adaptation of Brideshead Revisited, The French Lieutenant's Woman, and of course for playing Humbert Humbert in the Adrian Lyne version of Lolita.
We also discuss the sad childhood of Hart, who died in 2011, Malle's relationship with two of his children, and Irons' baffling and idiotic comments about father-and-son relationships in relation to gay marriage. If you liked our episodes dedicated to season six of The Sopranos, you're going to love this feel-bad movie of a father, unwilling and unable to stop destroying his family in the name of sexual obsession. It's one of those earnestly disturbing dramas that also inspires the occasional laugh, particularly a deeply strange orgasm from Irons that will haunt you.
We love you. Happy Valentine's Day.
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