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Secretary (2002)

Coming Out at 20 September 2002 in theaters.

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Secretary is erotic romantic drama comedy film directed by Steven Shainberg and written by Erin Cressida Wilson, based on the short story Secretary by Mary Gaitskill. Starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader, the film explores the intense relationship between a dominant lawyer and his submissive secretary, who indulge in various types of BDSM activity such as erotic spanking and omorashi.

Lee Holloway (Maggie Gyllenhaal), the socially awkward and emotionally sensitive youngest daughter of a dysfunctional family, adjusts to normal life after having been hospitalized following an incident of dangerous self-harm. She learns to type and applies for a job as a secretary for an eccentric attorney, E. Edward Grey (James Spader). Grey explains she is overqualified for the job (having scored higher than anyone he has ever interviewed) and that it is “very dull work” as they only use typewriters; Lee, however, agrees to work under these conditions.

Though at first Grey appears to be highly irritated by Lee’s typos and other mistakes, it soon becomes apparent that he is sexually aroused by her obedient behavior. After he confronts her about her propensity for self-injury and commands that she never hurt herself again, the two embark on a BDSM relationship. Lee experiences a sexual and personal awakening, and she falls deeply in love. Grey, however, displays insecurity concerning his feelings for Lee, and he feels shame and disgust over his sexual habits. During this period of exploration with Grey, Lee has also been attempting to have a more conventional boyfriend in Peter (Jeremy Davies), even engaging in lukewarm sex with him. After a sexual encounter in Grey’s office, Grey fires Lee.

Director: Steven Shainberg

Writers: Erin Cressida Wilson, Mary Gaitskill (short story), Steven Shainberg

Stars: James Spader, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jeremy Davies, Lesley Ann Warren, Stephen McHattie, Patrick Bauchau, Jessica Tuck


James SpaderMr. Grey
Maggie GyllenhaalLee Holloway
Jeremy DaviesPeter
Lesley Ann WarrenJoan Holloway
Stephen McHattieBurt Holloway
Patrick BauchauDr. Twardon
Jessica TuckTricia O’Connor
Oz PerkinsJonathan
Amy LocaneLee’s Sister
Mary JoySylvia
Michael MantellStewart
Lily KnightParalegal
Sabrina GrdevichAllison
Lacey KohlLouisa
Julene ReneeJessica
Lauren CohnFirst Secretary
Ezra BuzzingtonTyping Teacher
Kyle Colerider-KrughMr. Garvey
Steven FierbergFirst Date
Herbert RussellSecond Date
David WiaterTomato Date
Shannon ConveryNew Secretary
Alison TatlockTV Reporter
Emmy CollinsZoo Protester
Christina GrayPhotographer
Diane McGeeWoman with the Purple Boots
Cali T. RossenDancing Party Guest
Steven ShainbergRichard Arevalos (sex therapist on tape) (voice)
Erin Cressida WilsonSitting In Mr. Grey’s Waiting Room

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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