“Is it that sometimes the pain inside has to come to the surface, and when you see evidence of the pain inside you finally know you’re really here? Then, when you watch the wound heal, it’s comforting… isn’t it?”
- What is this movie about?
Here we find Lee, just released from a mental hospital, who has problems with self-harming. Then, she finds a job as a secretary for a lawyer named Mr. Grey (yeah like THAT Mr.Grey…). At one point, their professional relationship turns into a sexual/sadomasochistic one.
- Why should you watch it?
Have you heard about “50 Shades of Grey”? Good. Now you can detox your brain from all that bu****it and come back to real world, if not the real to the more realistic cinematic world were good movies happen. Good movies with more sense than this phenomenon that is making everyone going bonkers. Now that I have let it go, let it goooo, ejem, I can start convincing you to watch “Secretary”.
Secretary is a movie about a girl who likes to self-harm herself and who finds someone, her boss to be exact, that likes to harm other people (physically speaking). So they meet halfway. Yes, you might think that what she is doing is out-of-place, but some people like that kind of stuff, and if that is what you want, who cares? All the time they share the screen, you can feel the really of it all, not some sort of soppy fairy tale, just plain reality (maybe it’s not 100% real, for sure, but at least it doesn’t feel fake).
Both actor are marvellous, brilliant Maggie Gyllenhaal, as always, and James Spader (yes, the guy from “The Blacklist”) is not bad himself with his performance. All in all, they are surrounded by a brilliant supporting cast who helps their characters glow while they are on-screen.
So, if you wanna watch some kind of S&M and dominant-submissive stuff, lightly speaking, because this is a movie that was played in all theaters, don’t forget about it, go after this Mr Grey, cause it’s more real and will definitely give you what you want, not what he wants. Wink, wink.
- Did you know?
– Two posters were made for this film, one showing leads James Spader and Maggie Gyllenhaal and the other showing a model from behind bending over. Gyllenhaal admitted that the model was not her but it was someone who was dating her ex-boyfriend.
– The producers got a permit for the wrong park when Lee walks home. The producer on set had to distract the local law enforcement that showed up while the scenes were filmed.
– In the source story by Mary Gaitskill, the central character is Debby Roe, her employer is called only “the lawyer,” and they live in Michigan. In the film, she is called Lee Holloway, he is called E. Edward Grey, and they live in Florida.
– Gwyneth Paltrow was originally cast in the role of Lee Holloway.