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The Girlfriend Experience (2009)

R | | Drama | 8 July 2009 (France)
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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.

Director:

Steven Soderbergh
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sasha Grey ... Chelsea / Christine
Chris Santos ... Chris
Philip Eytan Philip Eytan ... Phillip
Colby Trane Colby Trane ... Waiter (as T. Colby Trane)
Peter Zizzo Peter Zizzo ... Zizzo
Ron Stein ... Vegas Buddy #1
Marshall Gilman Marshall Gilman ... Vegas Buddy #2
Michael Roberts Michael Roberts ... Vegas Buddy #3
Vincent Dellacera Vincent Dellacera ... Chelsea's Driver
Jim Kempner Jim Kempner ... Art Gallery Owner
David Levien David Levien ... David
Mark Jacobson Mark Jacobson ... Interviewer
Alan Milstein Alan Milstein ... Pete
Sukhdev Singh Sukhdev Singh ... Chris & Chelsea's Super
Ted Jessup Ted Jessup ... Chatty 'John'
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Storyline

Chelsea (Sasha Grey) is a high-priced $2,000-an-hour call girl in Manhattan, offering a 'girlfriend experience': she'll dress with the client in mind, go to dinner and a movie, listen attentively to talk about work and finances, and she'll provide sex. It's October, 2008: a presidential election nears and the economy is in free fall. She has a boyfriend, Chris (Chris Santos), who's a personal trainer. We are shown five non-consecutive days in Chelsea's life. She's working on her Web page, talking to image consultants, and being interviewed by a reporter. She asks clients when their birthdays are and uses that for an astrological prediction. She's drawn to a new client, a writer from L.A. Should she break her rules for him? What if it risks her relationship with Chris? Should she invest in gold? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

See it with someone you ****

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

8 July 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

GfE See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$162,965, 24 May 2009

Gross USA:

$695,840

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,007,962
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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. ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

After the end credits, there's a brief scene of Chelsea washing a client's hair as he sits in a bathtub and talks about John McCain. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Brows Held High: W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism (2012) See more »

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Freak Show
Written and Performed by Shakerleg
Courtesy of Bleeding Hands Music
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User Reviews

 
How to make a sophisticated movie with no money
10 May 2009 | by daniel_poeiraSee all my reviews

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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