The film that 50 Shades Of Grey tried to copy but failed miserably.
Shainberg’s SECRETARY masterfully captures the subtleties of taboo desire, eroticism and power dynamics of the naughty noughties with the help of the very alluring Maggie Gyllenhaal and veteran James Spader.
Lee Holloway (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a young woman with a history of severe emotional problems, is released into the care of her overbearing parents following a stay at a mental institution. She finds work as a secretary for a rigid and demanding attorney, E. Edward Grey (James Spader), and starts dating the kind but dull Peter (Jeremy Davies). However, Lee soon realises she's turned on by Grey's stern demeanour, and begins a sadomasochistic relationship with him.