Secretary (2002): 5/5
Having recently just seen this film I can now say that ‘Secretary’ has made its way to being one of my favorite romantic comedies – even if I don’t like romantic comedies. Secretary stars Maggie Gyllenhaal as former mental patient turned secretary Lee Holloway and James Spader as her demanding lawyer/employer E Edward Grey.
Steven Shainberg directs this story adaptation (original short story by Mary Gaitskill) and is extremely clever handling the dark humor meshed with a truly original type of romance. Long stares between Lee and Mr. Grey need no explanatory dialogue; you don’t know what they’re thinking that’s why the taboo factor in the whole D/S relationship is so enticing.
Secretary shows the non-stereotypical side of how relationships like the one Lee and Mr Grey share, it almost comes off as pure and unadulterated- sort of a reflection of the film’s overall mood. The power, chemistry between the two is overwhelming and the part at the end where Mr Grey comes back for Lee at his office is one of the most heartwarming cinematic moments I’ve seen in years!