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20060105

The Secretary (2002)



Summary: (imdb) Lee Holloway is a smart, quirky woman in her twenties who returns to her hometown in Florida after a brief stay in a mental hospital. In search of relief from herself and her oppressive childhood environment, she starts to date a nerdy friend from high school and takes a job as a secretary in a local law firm, soon developing an obsessive crush on her older boss, Mr. Grey. Through their increasingly bizarre relationship, Lee follows her deepest longings to the heights of masochism and finally to a place of self-affirmation.

Review: I've been on a Gyllenhaal sibling kick for the last week or so, so I thought I'd give this film a try. A lot of people were divided on this film - calling it "that S+M movie" among other things. But as a former self-injurer, this film meant a lot to me. She figured herself out in the end, even if it wasn't through the most palatable of ways. Damn, does talent run in their family or what? I could really feel Maggie as Lee. Even though this definitely shouldn't be shown to kids, it was a fabulous movie. I'm glad Mr. Grey softened in the end. :)

Final Review: A+

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