A simple, wow, will suffice.
This somewhat hidden gem has just made it to my list of all-time
Before yesterday, I had forgotten that it existed until someone
it to me.
Terrific, the acting, lighting, set, dialogue and story kept me captivated
throughout and I think I had a smile on my face (not because it was funny,
but because I was REALLY enjoying it) all the way through
I was grateful that there was not a lot of "sex" and nudity in this film
because it would have taken away from what the subject matter was all
A terrific performance by Spader. He never ceases to amaze
I don't give this kind of rating to too many films, but this one got a
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Though it may be hard to believe, this is one of the sweetest films I've seen in years.
'Secretary' is a film about masochism. Specifically, about how when normal
society proclaims people to be masochistic, they are doing so in a way that
ignores the inherently masochistic tendencies in maintaining a pretence of
normality, making 'sacrifices' for love, career or lifestyle, and especially
in climbing the employment ladder. It provides a wilfully extreme metaphor
for general boy/girl power balances and the rough and tumble of office
politics, takes a 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest' (1975) style revisionist
attitude towards those who pronounce insanity on others, and reveals how
most fantasies of subjugation come from a deep-seated wish to be in control.
It shows us how political correctness (in the bad sense of the phrase) can
roll over and crush the damaged, misunderstood people it should be
Whew. And you just thought it was about Donnie Darko's sister getting a
Many of the negative reviews of 'Secretary' - and there weren't many,
thankfully - seemed to be disappointed that the picture was 'just' a love
story, and it didn't condemn S&M as something dark, disturbing and
ultimately sick. This figures. In today's cinema, sex is used only as a
demonstration of pointless ennui - God help us if women start enjoying it!
Likewise, we hate happy mentally ill people. We want them to suffer until
the final reel, where, accompanied by a syrupy score, they overcome their
problems and find true love. Happy disabled people are threatening to us.
'Secretary's brilliance lies in providing us with none of these stereotypes.
It is a love story, and the most touching, healthy, right one I've ever
seen, mainly because these people may be a little odd, but they feel real,
unlike the protagonists of most mainstream love stories. The chemisty
between Lee and Edward is obvious even before they're meant to be falling
for each other, and the whole picture has a delicious fairy-tale air, from
Shainberg's stylish direction to Angelo Badalamenti's wonderful knots of
Spanish guitar on the soundtrack. And the ending is amongst the most
euphoric I've seen in recent years.
Maggie Gyllenhaal has a point when she says this is more "radical" a film
about S&M than, say, the more obviously 'extreme' 'The Piano Teacher'
(2001). It does not presume that people with a penchant for spanking and
mutual, erm, something that rhymes with "spanking" are sick, or that they
need to be cured in some way. In 'Secretary', both parties are helped by
their fetish. It allows Lee a legitimate outlet for her pain, and it allows
Edward, introduced to us as a boorish yuppie, to mellow out and vent his
macho fantasies in a controlled situation. It's a truly libertarian movie,
feminist in its own way, and so it makes sense that the power behind the
film is female.
Not to take anything away from Shainberg or the always wonderful James
Spader. It's just that Erin Cressida Wilson's script is such a
mini-masterpiece of deceptive simplicity, it has to be mentioned. And then
there's the starmaking turn from Maggie Gyllenhaal, transforming from
self-mutilating wallflower to confident full-grown woman so slowly you
barely notice until the film is over. Her big-eyed, goofy-sexy grin has the
potential to become the most potent actor's tic since Jack Nicholson first
waggled his eyebrows. And all through the film, she lets us know that Lee
knows that though she may be the one getting hurt, she's in control. She's
the one dictating when the two have an S&M session and when they don't,
usually by leaving deliberate typos in her work, to provide an excuse for
Edward to discipline her. The film is always aware of the difference
between their role-play and their actual feelings, even if it chooses to
play it teasingly ambiguous at times.
Of course, having waffled about the subtexts for so long, it has to be said
that this isn't really a sociopolitical film for the most part. Some people
are just plain kinky. And God bless them for that..