Assume the position.
A young woman, recently released from a mental hospital, gets a job as a secretary to a demanding lawyer, where their employer-employee relationship turns into a sexual, sadomasochistic one.
I'm afraid this is going to be one of those reviews where I end up going on and on and on about someone in it rather than being about the actual film. Sorry.
It seems to be quite a personal trait. Whenever I read reviews from people on my activity page, they may well pay some attention to the performances and the people in it but they can usually reign themselves in to the point where they actually mention other aspects of the film in some depth. Me? I just go on aimlessly deconstructing and then reconstructing the performances in the film and completely forgetting half of what I was going to say when the film finished.
But why change…
Who's to say that love needs to be soft and gentle?
First time I've had the chance to see the entire film.
The reason I liked this movie isn't because of the odd subject matter, but because the "love story", for lack of a better term, seems more heart felt and genuine to me then most romantic films that seem to come out every year. James Spader and Maggie Gyllenhaal are damn near perfect for these roles making Peter and Lee seem just like normal people struggling to understand who they are.
Steven Shainberg showed us with this film that there is someone out there for everyone. Be it a study of dominant and submissive personalities or an unconventional love story,this is a touching and often very moving film.
Maggie Gyllenhaal is the emotionally sensitive Lee, a young woman recovering after a stint in hospital after a dangerous incident involving self harm. Attempting to put her life back together she embarks on a typing course and after showing a natural aptitude seeks a job as a secretary.
When she first meets Mr. E Edward Grey (James Spader) she is awkward and shy. Unprofessional and emotionally stunted,Lee is surprisingly hired as Edward's secretary. Sensing something about her, Edward becomes sexually aroused by her…
Fifty Shades Of Grey brought the dominant/submissive lifestyle fully into public awareness. Always clandestine and behind closed doors, it was something private and almost seedy that nobody ever discussed openly. Although the writing in Fifty Shades was bollocks and never even registered a twinge in my trouser department, it did however make more people talk about things most thought were too private to mention. Now I'm a pretty closed book when it comes to my sex life, it's between my wife and I and nobody else, but when I had mentioned I had seen the film to someone at work it seemed to open up a dialogue that had me even more intrigued. To cut a long story short, I…
Sometimes something will hit you directly where you live and provoke such a strong response that it becomes a touchstone to a point in your life where things changed. Where a deeper understanding of yourself emerges from seeing a little bit of you in something else.
This was the case with Secretary. For awhile I had a very hard time reconciling my desires with the teenage ideals of romance my hormones put me through. It didn't help that anything BDSM-related you were bound to find on television or in movies was either used as cheap titillation or crass humor. Or worse yet, it was seen as something only as something akin to sociopathic behaviors.
So when this came along, I…
E. Edward Grey: [Mr. Grey is prescribing Lee's dinner] One scoop of creamed potatoes. A slice of butter. Four peas. And as much ice cream as you'd like to eat.
James Spader gets his food priorities right.
The fact that the man's last name in this is Grey and the plot seems like it's the exact same as 50 Shades of Grey (never seen that and never will) it's absolutely disgusting how bad this story was ripped off. I give it credit for not going too far into the sexual stuff; it gives the film a little bit of an identity - I'm guessing that other piece of garbage goes as far as it possibly can in this subject. James Spader couldn't have been more creepy and despicable: Maggie Gyllenhaal carried this thing.
When we look at portrayals of BDSM in media, the first place we all go to (unfortunately) is E.L. James' literary abomination, 'Fifty Shades of Grey'. Somehow, that (being blunt here) shitty shitty novel that is practically promoting abuse is the biggest name in BDSM media, but a film like 'Secretary' which approaches the topic in a much more positive and realistic light is overlooked. Of course this film is nowhere near perfect, look at the score I gave it, but at least it's not ignorant fan fiction.
The film opens up with Lee (played by Maggie Gyllenhaal) being released from a hospital after she harmed herself. To stop my synopsis spewing for a moment, I'd like to take a…
Secretary ist ein seltsamer und gleichzeitig ganz besonderer Film. Daß es Regisseur Steven Shainberg überhaupt geschafft hat, diese völlig neben dem amerikanischen Mainstream Geschmack angesiedelte Story um Dominanz und Unterwerfung verbunden mit Sexualität im prüden Hollywood zu verfilmen, ist an sich schon eine Leistung. Doch auch in seiner Erzählweise und filmischen Umsetzung ist Secretary ein Independentfilm, der den Durchschnitts-Zuschauer wohl eher ratlos zurücklässt.
Maggie Gyllenhaal spielt Lee Holloway, eine emotional verkümmerte und von physischem Selbstmissbrauch gezeichnete junge Frau, die zu Anfang des Films aus der Psychiatrie entlassen wird. Emotional entrissen von sich selbst und ihrer Familie nimmt sie einen Job als Sekretärin bei einem Rechtsanwalt (James Spader) an, zu dem sie sich sehr bald auf eine obsessive Weise hingezogen fühlt……
i had to left to a party before it ended and watched the last 30 minutes really drunk, i'm not entirely sure what happened but i will kinkshame it
Good movie. Heard about this for a while and finally got around to checking it out. James Spader playing a sexual deviant is always a good time. The humor was well done, the story was engaging, and the acting was on point. Maggie G-hall's character growth was believable and not rushed. I haven't seen 50 shades so I can't compare the two, but from what i've heard it takes itself much more serious and a film like this benefits from a touch of comedy. Solid 4/5
Honestly wish I could see this for the first time over and over and over again. Spader and Gyllenhaal are intoxicating.
Odd tone blanketing the entirety of the film, but it kept me on my toes when it wasn't keeping me on my back....BRITTA
Film # 17 of the "Scavenger Hunt # 13" Challenge
Task # 1: The most obscure film you can get your hands on
Lee Holloway has just been released from a mental hospital. She was depressed and because of her home situation she mutilated herself. Once Lee is back home, she decides to find a job. She is hired as a secretary at a lawyer’s office. Her boss E. Edward Grey is not your typical, standard boss. The man is shy, clumbsy when it comes to communication, but has tons of charisma. Lee sees a certain attraction in Grey. Lee finds out that when she makes mistakes, Grey ‘punishes’ her. And she likes being submissive.
“Secretary” is a…
Surprisingly warm and engaging love story considering its rather left of centre central theme. Spader and Gyllenhaal make the whole thing work with excellent performances. It's odd, thought provoking, probably not politically correct, but difficult not to like.
this is fucked up i hate myself 💦💦💦💦💦💦💦🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪
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