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REVIEW: Not Your Average "Secretary"; Shainberg's S&M Swooner Gets the Job Done

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire September 17, 2002 at 2:0AM

REVIEW: Not Your Average "Secretary"; Shainberg's S&M Swooner Gets the Job Done
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REVIEW: Not Your Average "Secretary"; Shainberg's S&M Swooner Gets the Job Done

by Andy Bailey




[EDITOR'S NOTE: indieWIRE originally published this review in January 2002 as part of our Sundance coverage. Lion's Gate will release the film Friday.]


Of all the films at Park City this year, "Secretary" seems to have divided the most people. But for those who have embraced it, the film is like some transcendent spanking from the gods. A jet black comedy from the Todd Solondz school of laughable transgressions, "Secretary" starts out with a parade of dysfunction (self-mutilation, alcoholism, sadomasochism