June 05, 2003


We went and saw "Secretary", a black comedy movie directed by Steven Shainberg based on a story by Mary Gaitskill. The fact that the story is written by a woman is quite interesting. James Spader and Maggie Gyllenhaal play the two main characters (Mr Grey) the lawyer and (Lee Holloway) his secretary.

Plot Outline: After leaving a mental institution, Lee had to find a job. She learnt typing skills and answered Mr Grey's advertisement for a secretary.

"You'll be bored to death," Mr Grey tells Lee.
"I want to be bored," she says.
"It's very dull work," he warns.
"I like dull work," she says.

He circles her typing errors with a red pen and says:
"Miss Holloway, come into the library, immediately!"
He needs to control, perhaps in order to avoid emotional attachment and she discovers sadomasochism!

Weird stuff!!


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Posted by mehrdad at June 5, 2003 08:07 PM | Films |