Soderific: The Girlfriend Experience

Sunday November 15th 2009

A couple of weeks ago I finally saw The Girlfriend Experience, Steven Soderbergh’s latest arty party about an escort who offers her clients simulated intimacy in exchange for a $2000 fee. It was shot on RedCam for $1.3m and stars porn star Sasha Grey.

Sorry, did I say porn star? I meant

… actor, writer, photographer, porn star, transgressive artist and experimental musician Sasha Grey…

as the film’s press release so concisely puts it.

Basically it’s total boss. Grey is remarkably naturalistic (even if, as some would argue, it’s not the biggest stretch in the world for her) and at 77 minutes, the movie certainly doesn’t outstay its welcome. Soderbergh once again proves that he’s never going to make your favourite movie, but he is going to keep making smash after smash.

  • Intelligent.
  • Subtle.
  • Ambiguous.
  • 8/10.