This movie is hard to describe. It’s a movie about S&M primarily and in that respect it does succeed. It’s not an easy movie to watch. It also deals with self-mutilation and oddly about self-confidence and self-growth.
The self-mutliation sequence is tastefully done and very realistic. The growth of the relationship is handled deftly with an interesting metaphor including orchids. They obviously did their research so the BDSM aspects do ring true. The biggest issue maybe suspending your disbelief. I found it fantastic that any modern lawyer would be that blatant in his office.
The biggest problem is that while it’s lavishly done, well-researched, and perfectly acted, it’s just a p**n movie and those can’t hold my attention for very long. I managed to get half-way through the movie before I just got bored.