Synopsis: Catherine and David, she a doctor, he a professor, are at first glance the perfect couple. Happily married with a talented teenage son, they appear to have an idyllic life. But when David misses a flight and his surprise birthday party, Catherine's long simmering suspicions rise to the surface. Suspecting infidelity, she decides to hire an escort to seduce her husband and test his loyalty. Catherine finds herself 'directing' Chloe's encounters with David, and Chloe's end of the bargain is to report back, the descriptions becoming increasingly graphic as the meetings multiply.
Director(s): Atom Egoyan
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  3 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

I guess I've always been

pretty good with words.

In my line of business

it's as important to be able to

describe what I'm doing

as it is to do what I'm doing.

When to say what.

What words to select.

Some men hate to hear

certain terms.

They can't stand

specific moves and

then they can't live

without others.

It's part of my job to know

where to place my hand,

my lips, my tongue, my leg

and even my thoughts.

What kind of pressure,

for how long, when to stop.

I can become your first kiss...

Or a torn out image

from a Playboy magazine

that you found

when you were 9 years old.

Am I your secretary

or am I your daughter?

Maybe I'm your 7th grade

math teacher you always hated.

All I know is that

if I do it just right,

I can become

your living, breathing,

unflinching dream,

and then I can actually


Dr. Stewart.

Your last appointment's ready.

All right.

Thanks, Julie.

When was your first period?

I was 14.

- And what's your occupation?

- I'm a dancer.

Yeah? What kind?

Classical ballet.

Do you use any

form of contraception?


So you want to have a baby?

No. Not at all. No.

You don't practise safe sex?

I've never had an orgasm.

From intercourse?

We're okay, thanks.

I've barely ever had sex.

There's something about

it I don't get.

Well, an orgasm is simply

a series of muscle contractions.

That's it. It comes from

manipulating the clitoris.

There's nothing mysterious and

there's nothing magic about it.

I'll give you some literature

to take home, okay?


- You can get dressed now.

- Thank you.

Here we are at scene 2 where Leporello

catalogues Don Giovanni's conquests.

Country by country.

Age by age. Shape by shape.

Is she sweet or cruel?

A peasant or a princess?

Single? Married?

As he says, "It doesn't really matter.

She wears a skirt."

If we look at the title of

this aria which is...?


Madamina, il catalogo e questo.

And what's he saying?


"In Italy, 640.

In Germany, 231.

Spain, 1,003."

Lovers that Don Giovanni

took in Spain alone.

A very busy man.


A few of us would like to

take you to dinner. Can you come?

Thank you. I'd love to.

And I'm honoured.

But... today's my birthday.

And I've got a flight back home

in an hour and a half.

Happy birthday to you

Happy birthday to you...

Happy birthday

Happy birthday to...

Hi, how are you?

Did you get a drink?

- Sure.

- Okay.

Presents go in my office, okay?

You realize I'd have to kill you

if you ever did this to me.

You are a very brave wife.

I changed my dress, like,

You look beautiful.

You look amazing.

- Thank you.

- What time is he supposed to be here?

Well, his flight arrived, like,

- Here you go.

- Thanks. So...?


Hey, your dad's going to be

here any minute. Come and join us.

Where did the little boy

who used to run into his mommy's arms go?

His girlfriend is probably going

down on him right about now.

That's a horrible thing to

say to a mother.

He's doing a lot better.

Yeah, he is.


Trina. This is Catherine.

Our hostess and my office mate.


Hi. Lovely to meet you.

What an amazing house you have.

Thank you.

That's probably him.

Quiet, everybody!


Hey, Catherine.

Hi, honey.

Are you home?

I'm going to be a little late.

Well, I talked to the airline.

They said that your flight landed.

I missed it by a few minutes.

You said you couldn't pick me up

at the airport. So...

Well, do you know

when you'll be home?

The next flight isn't

for 2 hours.

I don't think I'll be in

before you go to sleep.

I'm so sorry.

Catherine? Sweetheart.

We'll see you

when you get back then.

Looks like the surprise is on us.

He missed his flight.

We could charter our own flight

and surprise him down there.

I have to admit this

wasn't part of the plan,

but no reason to

stop the party, right?

Michael! Your friend

will have to go home. It's late.


I'm sorry.

Guess I should have told you.

Yeah. You should have.

But then it wouldn't have been a surprise.

Geez, at my age. You know I try

and ignore my birthdays, Catherine.

- It's so bloody--

- Embarrassing?


Your presents are in my office.

I got you a bottle of Scotch.

I'll be a bit late again tonight.

More boring Curriculum Committee crap.

Yeah. But you're not late now.

I'll pick up a coffee on the way.


Michael. Your mom's in the hallway

and she just saw me naked.

Jesus, Michael.

This is not okay.

I just got here.

You're lying.

I should probably go home.

Look, Dad knows.

Your father knows about this?

She's... she's in my house

all night and nobody tells me?

Anna. Her name's Anna.

Are you using protection?

We use condoms.

This is not happening every night.

Understand me?

- See you kids a little later.

- See you later.

Bye, honey. Bye.

Over here.

- Hi.

- Hi.

- You changed your hair.

- Yeah. hasn't noticed.

Well, that's 'cause he

likes it down.

How do you know?

Well, all men do.

They imagine it wrapped around their?

That's enough, Frank.

Here, please. Sorry, darling.


- Hi, David.

- Hey, Frank.


I'm Delia.

I'll be your waitress this evening.

What can I get you to drink?

What do you like to drink, Delia?


I like the Maybach Vineyard.

It's a very intense pure

and deep taste.

Well, I guess

I better have one of those, then.

Good choice.

And you?

I'll have the same.

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Erin Cressida Wilson

Erin Cressida Wilson is an American playwright, screenwriter, professor, and author. Wilson is known for the 2002 film Secretary, which she adapted from a Mary Gaitskill short story. more…

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