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E. Edward Grey, a demanding lawyer, reluctantly seduces his secretary Lee Holloway, who was recently released from a mental institution to the care of her overbearing parents. Lee is turned on by Grey’s stern demeanour, and their employer-employee relationship becomes a sexual, sadomasochistic one.
Reclaiming kink for the United States of America, indie It-girl Maggie Gyllenhaal squared off against James Spader (sex, lies, and videotape) in this brilliantly provocative romance about a strange sexual understanding. The film won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance—“for originality.”