Jeremy Irons (Dr. Stephen)Juliette Binoche (Anna)Miranda Richardson (Ingrid)Rupert Graves (Martyn)Ian Bannen (Edward)Peter Stormare (Peter Wetzler)Gemma Clarke (Sally)Julian Fellowes (Donald Lyndsay)Leslie Caron (Elizabeth)Tony Doyle (Prime Minister)Ray Gravell (Raymond)Susan Engel (Miss Snow)David Thewlis (Detective)Benjamin Whitrow (Civil Servant)Jeff Nuttall (Trevor Leigh Davies MP)Roger Llewellyn (Palmer)Jason Morell (Young Man at Sotheby's)Barry Stearn (Prime Minister's Aide)
A member of Parliament (Irons) 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.