Film Four · Drama · 01 Aug 2011 · by: Film 4

Maggie Gyllenhaal made her breakthrough in Steven Shainberg's surprisingly delicate and humorous tale of unconventional love and liberation through humiliation. Gyllenhaal plays Lee Holloway, a shy woman discharged from a mental institution into the care of her dysfunctional family. She takes a lowly clerical job with dour, demanding attorney E Edward Grey (James Spader). He's critical of her mistakes, and one day, verbal abuse crosses to physical, as he spanks her. But she seems to thrive on his treatment and a reciprocal relationship begins until Grey, finding she enjoys the humiliation, fires her. Bereft, and with her boyfriend Peter (Jeremy Davies) unable to fulfil her desires, she plans to win back Grey's affections...

On Tuesday, 2nd August, 23.10 on Film 4


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