Secretary is a movie from 2002 that is based on a short story from Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill. It was directed by Steven Shainberg and stars Maggie Gyllenhaal as Lee Holloway and James Spader as E. Edward Grey.
Lee Holloway, the socially awkward and emotionally sensitive younger daughter of a dysfunctional family, adjusts to normal life after having been hospitalized after suffering a serious injury due to her tendency for self-harm. She learns to type, starts to date an acquaintance named Peter, and begins to work as a secretary for an eccentric attorney, E. Edward Grey, who hires her despite her stilted social skills and unprofessional appearance.
Though at first Grey appears highly irritated at Holloway's typos, it soon becomes apparent that he is sexually aroused by her submissive behavior. After he confronts her about her self-injury addiction and commands that she never hurt herself again, the two embark on a BDSM relationship. Lee experiences a sexual—and personal—awakening, and she falls deeply in love. Edward, however, displays insecurity concerning his feelings for her, and he shows shame and disgust over his sexual habits. After a particularly sexual escapade in his office, he fires Lee.
Peter soon proposes to Lee, who reluctantly agrees to marry him but leaves on their wedding day and runs to Edward's office while in her wedding gown, declaring her love for him. Edward tells her to sit in his chair without moving her hands or feet until he returns (mental bondage). Lee eagerly complies even as Peter and a variety of visitors come to keep her company or try to convince her to move. After three days, Edward's resistance breaks; he enters the office and carries her out. They eventually marry and continue their dominant/submissive relationship.
The spanking scenes
It also features brief glimpses of bondage with a wrist-attached spreader bar, D/s doggie training (Gyllenhaal crawling on all fours with an envelope clenched in her teeth) and pony play (wearing a saddle with a carrot-gag in her mouth).
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