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The Girlfriend Experience
(DVD)

DIRECTED BY - Steven Soderbergh


Steven Soderbergh is a cerebral filmmaker and, not surprisingly, his characters often live with their emotions compartmentalized. The lead character in THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE is no different. Chelsea (adult-film actress Sasha Gray) is a high-priced escort whose strict set of rules for dealing with clients allows her to maintain a seemingly healthy, honest relationship with her boyfriend Chris (Chris Santos), a personal trainer. But when a new customer invites her on a weekend excursion, she accepts, even though she knows this violates her bond with Chris. All of this transpires during a few weeks in October 2008, when the country is embroiled in both the presidential election, and, more importantly, the sudden economic downturn--Soderbergh consistently underscores that money is the chief concern for Chelsea and Chris, and everyone around them. She negotiates with a web designer to create a site that will build her notoriety, and contends with the extortions of a sleazeball blogger (movie critic Glenn Kenny). Meanwhile Chris tries to convince his boss to make him a partner at the gym, and accepts free trips to Vegas from one of his clients.

 

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GENRES - drama

Film Info

RUNTIME - 78 minutes

RATING - Not Rated

YEAR - 2009

FORMAT - DVD Region 1

COUNTRY - United States

LANGUAGE - English

ATTRIBUTES - Widescreen

SPECIAL FEATURES (DVD Only) -

DVD Features:

Region [unknown]

NTSC

Widescreen

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Producer

Gregory Jacobs

Screenwriter

David Levien

Screenwriter

Brian Koppelman

Star(s)

Sasha Grey

Star(s)

Chris Santos

Star(s)

Glenn Kenny

Executive Producer

Todd Wagner

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Press

3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t holds your attention. Once more, Soderbergh demonstrates he's a silky smooth craftsman..."

- John P. McCarthy, Box Office

"What THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE does -- co-scripted by Brian Koppelman and David Levien but incorporating improv -- does best is capture the way language has ben vitiated by meaningless marketing-speak."

- Melissa Anderson, Film Comment

 

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