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movie review - Secretary

the journal of Michael Werneburg

twenty-five years and one million words

Toronto, 2003.05.10

I didn't really know what to expect from this one. Certainly, the cover (the Canadian cover, that is) leaves a pretty distinct impression. But it was the movie's reviews that had drawn me to it, and I'm glad they did. This is a surprisingly strong movie, given that it's about a 20-ish self-mutilating submissive girl and her 40-ish nutjob boss and the strange relationship that forms between them.

This is not a terribly easy movie to watch, but there is not one spare frame or unnecessary line throughout. This is one of those flicks where you find yourself thinking about the characters as if they were people you met.

Not recommended.

rand()m quote

Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.

—Abraham Lincoln