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Secretary [Blu-ray] [Import]

James Spader , Maggie Gyllenhaal , Steven Shainberg    R (Restricted)   Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
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Steven Shainberg explore la relation plus que particulière qu’entretiennent un patron et sa secrétaire dans Secretary, second long métrage audacieux qui a obtenu le prix spécial du jury pour son originalité au Festival des films indépendants de Sundance.

Après quelques années d’internement dans un hôpital psychiatrique, la jeune Lee Holloway cherche un emploi. Même si elle rêve toujours d’orchidées roses et de dauphins, elle n’aurait jamais cru que ses pulsions sadomasochistes seraient son atout principal pour convaincre M. Grey, un avocat, de l’engager. Comment alors éviter que le jeu n’aille trop loin ?

Si Steven Shainberg est habile à une chose, c’est bien à faire naître le malaise. En filmant cette Secretary comme une série B romantique ordinaire, mais en y injectant une bonne dose de déviance, il crée un décalage fort original et dérangeant. James Spader et Maggie Gyllenhaal, dont le jeu frôle la folie, sont les interprètes convaincants de cette fable sadomasochiste qui révèle les liens secrets entre amour, sexe et pouvoir. La fin, un peu facile, aurait sans doute pu être plus audacieuse pour rester dans le ton du film. Reste que Secretary ose regarder, avec beaucoup de franchise et d’humour, derrière la porte de la sexualité humaine. --Helen Faradji

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James Spader and Maggie Gyllenhaal star in the dark comedy Secretary. Praised as "daring, funny and quirkily erotic!" (Glenn Kenny, PREMIERE) and "sexy and highly stylized" (GEAR magazine), Secretary is the story of Lee Holloway (Gyllenhaal), a young woman with a few strikes against her after a brief stay in a mental hospital, who accepts a secretarial position working at the law office of E. Edward Grey (Spader). The work seems normal at first, but somewhere between the typing, filing and coffee-making, Lee and her new boss cross the line of their professional relationship and enter into a Human Resources nightmare!

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely delightful film June 6 2003
Format:DVD
This film could have been third class perverted semi-porn movie. But the director Steven Shainber did great job in turning a bit perverted material-sadism and masochism-into absolutely funny and cute love story. Although the movie deals with somewhat irregular sexual issues, it is never erotic or disgusting. The reason, I suppose, is truthfulness and purity of the characters.
Maggie Gyllenhaal(Lee) did stunning work in playing a very pure, yet unconventional, female secretary. Lee looks somewhat dumb and weak to her desire, but at least she is uncontaminated by the outside world and true to her feelings. The way she tries to seduce James Spader is quite adorable.
James Spader also proved that he is a great actor. Mr. Gray (Spader) is slightly deviated from the normal person, but still he is greatly attractive man. How he heals the wounds of Lee and how he resists her seduction induces laughter from the audiences.
This film is never typical and never normal, yet it shows the true feelings of the human beings. This film depicts physical attraction, yet it show what real love is.
I absolutely recommend this film to everybody and I guarantee that anyone who sees this film will like it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy, sweet, funny, twisted (in a good way) May 28 2004
Format:DVD
I saw this film not knowing anything about it, and that element of surprize helped entirely because if you're looking for a film that's about gritty hardcore s+m, this isn't it. But if you're looking for one with heart, humor, and beautiful-strangeness, then this is a wonderful movie to see. I loved the ending, it is beautiful and unforgettably visual. It's my favourite James Spader film to date, I think it fits him perfectly. And Maggie Gyllenhaal shows she is a talented, brave actress who's not afraid of taking an unusual role. The camera work is beautiful, suspenseful, dramatic, sensual... oh i can't say enough good things about this film, there is not another like it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasure and Pain Nov. 14 2003
Format:DVD
Sexuality has forever played a tremendous role in our storytelling. In recent years, those roles and themes have become more visible, controversial and erotic. Where censorship strives to dismiss controversy, "Secretary" embraces it and offers us an unforgetable tour of the taboo.
"Secretary" forces us to look outside of the box - and see through the eyes of Lee Holloway (Maggie Gyllenhaal). Lee is of a unique breed, who gets pleasure from pain and finds security out of being submissive. Lee returns home for her sister's wedding after having spent time in a mental patient facility. We are immediately find out she is a cutter and inflicts wounds of all sorts for a sense of relief. Determined to not spend all her time at home with her dysfunctional family, she gets a job working as a secretary in a law office for E. Edward Grey (James Spader). Grey is an abrasive anal-retentive man who apparently runs through secretaries every few months or so. We soon witness his growing infactuations with Lee and through his mood swings and psuedo-violent behaviors, a strange sort of romance develops between them. He begins to abuse her and as these habits become more severe, she looks for more ways to receive abuse. Lee must then balance her two seperate lives, living with her family/exploring a relationship with a childhood boyfriend and the taboo S&M relationship she carries with her employer. Both worlds,of course, interfere with each other, ultimately ending with a final confrontation and a surprise ending.
Maggie Gyllenhaal has proven herself to be a superb actress. Her character seems so real in all her actions - there is nothing campy about her subtle nature and her excitement's crescendos.
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Format:DVD
As a feminist, the themes presented in this film were not my cup of tea...so I feel kind of awkward and embarrassed saying that I really enjoyed SECRETARY. I won't go into detail about plot and such, because it has all been said in previous reviews, but I will share some of my personal opinions.
This movie is very disturbing, but the two leading players are fascinating to watch. I am a huge fan of James Spader, and he just shines in these kind of "twisted" roles. He is definitely one of the world's greatest actors! And Maggie is absolutely fantastic as well! She is obviously a very talented actress with a lot of guts. I give her a lot of credit for taking a role that many women wouldn't touch. The only real qualm I have with this film is that it could have gone into a little more detail about Mr. Grey's past and why he behaves the way he does. It didn't provide enough information about his character's previous exploits.
Another thing about this film that makes it unique is the way that it is able to be flat-out sexy without a lot of actual sex. The tensions between the two characters are so complex and I was always wondering what they would be feeling (and doing!) next. Seriously, the sexual tension in several of the scenes is so thick that you can cut it with a knife (this is especially true with the spanking scene). And you just gotta love those red Sharpies! Also, the musical score is terrific and highly seductive.
Overall, this is a great film and it was interesting to see a different kind of love lifestyle (although it is one that I would never pursue myself)! The ending is touching and it was good to see how these two people finally came together and shared some touching, gentle moments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Hidden Gem
Forget the 50 Shades of Christian Grey, I will gladly take the 50 Shades of Mr. E. Edward Grey in this wonderful film of love, loss, discovery and growth starring Maggie Gylenhaal... Read more
Published 1 month ago by cardiffgiant02
1.0 out of 5 stars Great film, terrible quality
I don't know whether the disc I received was part of a defective batch but what I watched wasn't blu-ray... Read more
Published 10 months ago by A Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars "Remakes"
I loved this movie, its nice to see the original movies.
There are so many remakes today, in books and in movies, that
it just doesn't surprise us any more and we always... Read more
Published on May 25 2012 by Nath
1.0 out of 5 stars Totally Uncalled
I assure that I have seen this movie and I am very displeased with this movie on how it is very wrong. Read more
Published on Aug. 5 2011 by Kevin Barton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and suprising movie
If you like dark humour, Maggie Gyllenhaal's butt and anything bizarre, you will LOVE this movie! It is not as kinky as one might be lead to think (although it gets a bit explicit... Read more
Published on June 8 2007 by G. Larouche
5.0 out of 5 stars Puppydog S&M
Secretary goes about solving the problem of "finding the right one" in quite a humerous and riske manner. S&M! Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by "djkollar"
5.0 out of 5 stars What does a mild porn and Catholicism have in common?
"I'm your secretary!" A film that is trying to be smart and is made up of such material as S&M is either hit or miss. This is a hit. Read more
Published on July 9 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual romatnic comedy
Lee Holloway (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is a disturbed young woman given to self-mutilation , just out of a stay in a mental institution. Read more
Published on July 7 2004 by L O'connor
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story with brilliant performances
What's really terrific abiout this film is not that it has spanking and "degredation", but that it has the nerve to show that some "alternative" lifestyles actually make people... Read more
Published on July 5 2004 by Dynomoose
5.0 out of 5 stars this movie rocks
the sexual tension was so thick you could cut it with a knife. I found it interesting and erotic, definately not vanilla.
Published on May 26 2004
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