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FILM DETAILS
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Cast
Glenn Kenny
Sasha Grey.
Directors
Steven Soderbergh.
Screenwriters
Running Time
78 minutes

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The Girlfriend Experience
The good callgirl


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Plot
A few days in the life of a call girl who seems to be paid for companionship as well as sex.


Review
The Girlfriend Experience
One of the experimental pictures Steven Soderbergh makes between bigger projects, this is an account of a few days in the life of a call girl (Sasha Grey). Wealthy clients pay her to listen to them talk about the economy and their families as much as for sex (kept off screen, despite Grey’s porn star pedigree). It’s deliberately chilly, and feels like a series of overheard conversations rather than a story, obliging you to listen for barbs among the trivialities.

Grey’s good at revealing the tiny hurts patrons feel entitled to inflict on her, and a jolt of sleaze comes from Glenn Kenny as a web call girl critic who writes a hilariously cruel review after bagging a ‘free sample’.


Verdict
Good central performances but short on plot.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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err, pointless, just a dull account of dull people, why cast sasha grey when there isn't any risky sex scenes, theres not even any real look into how her job effects her life, everyones fine with what she does for a living which makes for a boring story, she could have been a waitress listening to people rattle on about their problems, and you'd have the same movie, ... More

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