On the surface, SECRETARY’s story could be interpreted as a traditional fairy tale in which a poor damsel in distress (a depressed cutter played by Maggie Gyllenhaal) needs to be saved and taken care of and provided for and told what to do by a male hero who’s totally in control (a boss with a BDSM streak played by James Spader). But look closely, and you’ll realize that (at least for the second half of the movie) this is a woman who knows what she wants and knows how to get it, conventions and social norms be damned. The last shot of the movie has Gyllenhaal, now a domestic goddess, placing a gross dead bug in their pristine, neatly made marital bed in their perfectly organized, beautifully decorated, sparkling house while now-hubby is off at work — and then she looks knowingly at the camera, directly at us. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.
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Author: Em & Lo