Food on Film: Secretary

16 Jan

I love this film. Love Maggie Gyllenhaal, the styling and the music.The way that this 2002 movie depicts a complex relationship between a domineering boss and his secretary and their developing sadomasochism is utterly compelling. Maggie is utterly beautiful, vulnerable and sexy as hell all at once. The key food scene is when she eats with her family, but limits the food on her plate to “One scoop of creamed potatoes. A slice of butter. Four peas. And as much ice cream as you’d like to eat” on her boss, James Spader’s instruction. Moving, kinky and hot, this film and this scene shows the fraught relationship between desire, consumption and restriction – common to love as well as food.

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