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  • Actors: James Spader, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jeremy Davies, Lesley Ann Warren, Stephen McHattie
  • Directors: Steven Shainberg
  • Writers: Steven Shainberg, Erin Cressida Wilson, Mary Gaitskill
  • Producers: Amy Hobby, Andrew Fierberg, Jamie Beardsley, Joel Posner
  • Format: Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • Release Date: Oct. 5 2010
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 168 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B003Y5H59C
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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!


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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Top Customer Reviews

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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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: Blu-ray
I don't know whether the disc I received was part of a defective batch but what I watched wasn't blu-ray... The picture was slightly fuzzy and there was a 'grainy haze' particularly noticeable at the beginning. I was blown away by the film though. I had avoided it based upon assumptions I made based on the cover (the bend over one). But it was nothing like I expected. The film gets 5/5.
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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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“Lee Holloway “Maggie Gyllenhaal” just out of a Mental institution has a few strikes against her, we never
knew what they really were or was about, her family is protective of her, more so her mother,
she lands a job of a Secretary, obviously the name of the movie is? with E. Edward Grey “James Spader”
who I can gather from has a very compulsive disorder of neatness an punctuality, an very Shy, but his
sexuality, how should I put this, is more of a unusual classic melodramatic, like let me look you over first,
than the normal person would have, I hope that make any sense, probable not to some people,
the one thing that people don’t get is the whole world there’re living in with others, if there were no family’s
to come home to, I bet it’ll be a different kind of circumstances we would encounter, that we would never know,
people have very unique ways how the mind works, and if you don’t see it that way, you’ll never learn the mind,
the spanking scene I was very uncomfortable with, I don’t know if it was from her getting hurt or wanting to be
submissive, to some higher power, it looks like both of them were two lost souls living in a fish bowl, heard that before,
this is a role that many a woman would pass up in a heart beat, except maybe “Sharon Stone” maybe she has limits too,
English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio.
Runtime 111 Min.
16x9 Widescreen 1.78:1
Two Fascinating Character Studies Of Will Power.
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