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The Girlfriend Experience -- A drama set in the days leading up to the 2008 Presidential election, and centered on a high-end Manhattan call girl (Sasha Grey) meeting the challenges of her boyfriend, her clients, and her work.

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
David Levien (written by) &
Brian Koppelman (written by)
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Release Date:
8 July 2009 (France) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
See it with someone you ****
Plot:
A drama set in the days leading up to the 2008 Presidential election, and centered on a high-end Manhattan call girl meeting the challenges of her boyfriend, her clients, and her work. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
How to make a sophisticated movie with no money See more (94 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Sasha Grey ... Chelsea / Christine

Chris Santos ... Chris

Philip Eytan ... Phillip
Colby Trane ... Waiter (as T. Colby Trane)
Peter Zizzo ... Zizzo

Ron Stein ... Vegas Buddy #1
Marshall Gilman ... Vegas Buddy #2
Michael Roberts ... Vegas Buddy #3
Vincent Dellacera ... Chelsea's Driver
Jim Kempner ... Art Gallery Owner
David Levien ... David
Mark Jacobson ... Interviewer
Alan Milstein ... Pete
Sukhdev Singh ... Chris & Chelsea's Super
Ted Jessup ... Chatty 'John'
Stuart Levine ... Sporting Goods Store President
Marvin Stein ... Sporting Goods Store Vice President
Dennis Shields ... Dennis
Steve Klapper ... Web Designer
Glenn Kenny ... The Erotic Connoisseur
Ben Finkelstein ... Accountant
Michael Sugar ... 'Sugar'

Caitlin Lyon ... Tara

Daniel Algrant ... Dan (as Dan Algrant)
Kenny Blunt ... Ken
Smokey West ... Club H Gym Owner
William Holt ... Hype Gym Owner
Adam Awaiz Yaqub ... Phone Store Salesman
Christina Nadeau ... Chelsea's Girlfriend

Timothy Davis ... Tim
Deborah Fineman Bozik ... Yoga Client
Jenel Stevens ... Female Trainer
Howard I. Josephs ... Furniture Store Owner
Shakerleg ... Street Drummer
Galya Vidal ... Chelsea's Trainer
Erika Parys ... Monte Verde Receptionist
Ken Myers ... Craftsteak Maitre D' (as Kenneth Myers)
Elon Dershowitz ... Jewelry Store Owner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brooke Aldrich ... Diner Patron (uncredited)

George Aloi ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Danny Boushebel ... Art Gallery Patron (uncredited)

Karen Collazzo ... Gym Member (uncredited)

Timothy J. Cox ... Businessman (uncredited)

Maria Diaz ... Business Woman (uncredited)
Daniel Fainman ... Pedestrian (uncredited)

Jeff Grossman ... Stock Broker (uncredited)
Adelmo Guidarelli ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Edward M. Kelahan ... Dinner Guest (uncredited)

Tanda Kerín ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Kimberly Magness ... Happy Hour (uncredited)

Francis Maiorino ... Chauffeur (uncredited)

Tala Marie ... Party Goer (uncredited)
Ian Christopher Noel ... Waiter (uncredited)

Michele Peacock ... Fitness Club Member (uncredited)
Christopher Peuler ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Clifford Rivera ... Restaurant Patron #2 (uncredited)
Alyson Rogers ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Olu Rufen ... Restaurant Guest / Bar Patron (uncredited)
Bridget Storm ... Client (uncredited)
Emily Turner ... Business Woman (uncredited)
Antoine Von Boozier ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Paul Weaver ... Dining Patron (uncredited)
Eric Whitehead ... Restaurant Waiter (uncredited)

Directed by
Steven Soderbergh 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
David Levien (written by) &
Brian Koppelman (written by)

Produced by
Mark Cuban .... executive producer
Gregory Jacobs .... producer
Todd Wagner .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ross Godfrey 
 
Cinematography by
Steven Soderbergh  (as Peter Andrews)
 
Film Editing by
Steven Soderbergh  (as Mary Ann Bernard)
 
Casting by
Carmen Cuba 
 
Art Direction by
Carlos Moore 
 
Costume Design by
Christopher Peterson 
 
Production Management
David Kirchner .... post-production supervisor
Robin Le Chanu .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gregory Jacobs .... first assistant director
Jody Spilkoman .... second assistant director
Derek Wimble .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Richard Hebrank .... construction coordinator
Francis Maiorino .... leadman
Philip Markowitz .... art department intern
Theo Sena .... property master
 
Sound Department
David Betancourt .... foley mixer
Larry Blake .... sound re-recording mixer
Larry Blake .... supervising sound editor
Matt Coby .... sound editor
Dawn Fintor .... foley artist
Thomas W. Jordan .... boom operator
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist
Billy Theriot .... assistant sound editor
Dennis Towns .... production sound mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Nat Jencks .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Andrew B. Hansen .... best boy electric
Steven Meizler .... first assistant camera: 'a' camera
John Joseph Minardi .... key grip: Las Vegas
William Newell .... gaffer
Heather Norton .... first assistant camera: 'b' camera (as Heather MacDonald Norton)
Jeff Pinette .... assistant camera
Randy M. Salo .... best boy grip
Mark Schmidt .... b-camera operator
Jeremy Schroeder .... key grip
David Stern .... key grip: additional photography
Paul Toomey .... additional second assistant camera
Alexis van Kersen Li .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Peter Walts .... gaffer: Las Vegas
 
Casting Department
Alexander Barrow .... background casting assistant
Melissa Braun .... background casting associate
Grant Wilfley .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amy L. Teets .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Jason Barnes .... first assistant editor
Corey Bayes .... assistant editor
Ralph Costanza .... digital intermediate producer
Nat Jencks .... DI editor
Amy McGrath .... apprentice editor
Tim Stipan .... supervising digital film colorist
Michael P. Whipple .... digital intermediate engineer
Lee Wimer .... color timer
Benjamin Sutor .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Woody Jackson .... engineer
Woody Jackson .... musician
 
Transportation Department
Shane Greedy .... transportation coordinator
Jim Kelly .... transportation captain
John Lalor .... driver
Richard J. Marino .... driver
Leslie Slaughter .... driver: Las Vegas
 
Other crew
Joan Altman .... production accountant
Cheryl Bohlin .... craft service
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance
Kimberly N. Fajen .... production coordinator
Evan Gabriele .... assistant location manager
Holly Kang .... assistant: Mr. Soderbergh
Ken Lavet .... location manager: Las Vegas
Brendan Lee .... set production assistant
Francesca M. Mannix .... production secretary
Ken Meyer .... legal services
Elaine Mongeon .... assistant: Mr. Jacobs
Christopher Ramirez .... location scout: las vegas
John Sesumi .... production assistant
Robert T. Striem .... location manager
Adam Wolenski .... assistant accountant
Johnson Colby Sheffield .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Fritz Chestnut .... the producers wish to thank
Joe Prieboy .... the producers wish to thank
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"GfE" - USA (festival title)
"Girlfriend Experience" - Japan (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for sexual content, nudity and language
Runtime:
77 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
"Girlfriend experience" is a form of sex work (paid-for female companionship) in which a female prostitute behaves like a male client's girlfriend or shows (artificial) emotional intimacy beyond the sex act.See more »
Quotes:
Chelsea:[into a phone] So, what are you looking forward to? Do you have anything specific in mind?
David:[voice] Well... you know, after looking at your web site I'd just really love to get together with you. I'm just kind of feeling stressed out. I should probally see a shrink, but it seems more fun to see you.
Chelsea:Why don't you tell me about yourself? Are you married? Do you have kids? What kind of screenplay are you working on?
David:Yes and yes, and no comment.
Chelsea:How many kids do you have?
David:I have two little girls. Don't make me feel bad, though.
[...]
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Soundtrack:
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75 out of 111 people found the following review useful.
How to make a sophisticated movie with no money, 10 May 2009
Author: Daniel Poeira (danielpoeira@gmail.com) from Belo Horizonte, Brazil

A brilliant little film, economic in its resources and smart in its complex editing. However, this is not destined to be a box office hit. It is the kind of film that Soderbergh does once in a while in-between pop flicks to avoid getting bored.

Sasha Grey delivers some good acting as an ambiguously shallow and ambitious prostitute who tries to survive the post-Obama post-Crisis world of depressed clients and worried boyfriend. Her relationship with her costumers and other professionals who are part of the escort world is built little by little in several out-of-order scenes. Most people will find the movie's timeline confusing, but all you have to do is pay attention to her wardrobe and everything will be fine.

I must also note the soundtrack, that makes use of very interesting unknown music. I specially liked the street drummer.

The images are beautiful enough to make one think "well, not bad for a movie shot on digital". Besides the old-school narrative (in the sense that it belongs more to the Bergman era than to the "Wolverine III" era) this movie looks and feels like the new kind of cinema that cheap digital shooting offers. And I like the way it feels.

IN A NUTSHELL: For Sasha Grey and Soderbergh fans and people who actually care about cinema language. If you like Soderbergh because of "Ocean's Eleven", stay away.

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