Secretary (2002) - Synopsis
Lee Holloway (Maggie Gyllenhaal) has a few strikes against her when she applies for a secretarial position at the law office of E. Edward Grey (James Spader). For starters, she was released only recently from a mental institution. However, she gets the job anyway and soon learns that Mr. Grey is not your average boss. Eventually, they begin a relationship, crossing lines of conduct that would give most human resource directors the shivers. Based on a critically acclaimed short story "Secretary," by Mary Gaitskill, the exquisitely honed character development of "Secretary" lures us to the darker side of human sexuality, all the while warming us up to the idea that people are getting--and giving--what they want. While it toys with society's expectations of love, "Secretary" also explores the delicate balance between pain and healing, control and surrender. It could never be labeled old-fashioned but, when all is said and done, "Secretary" is, at its core and undeniably, a love story.