Disconnected: “The Girlfriend Experience” (2009)


    Steven Soderbergh’s quickie experimental feature “The Girlfriend Experience” is not so experimental as formless, featuring his usual linear dislocation which by now is becoming an annoying personal affectation without organic point to his narratives. A fractured portrait of the life of a young high-end escort named Chelsea played by real-life porn actress Sasha Grey whose inert eyes betray a soullessness in the film that’s at once enervating and dramatically compromising: are we to interpret the emotional distance of the lead performance as an illustrative enhancement to a central theme of the commerce of emotional pretense (The girlfriend experience being a more specialized form of prostitution which intrudes on the delicate emotional connections of the desire for true intimacy by the illusion of acting as a genuine “girlfriend”.) or are we to assume the lead actress is crippled with performance deficiencies?

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I've been a puppet, a pirate, a pauper, a poet, a pawn and a king, not necessarily in that order. My first major movie memory was being at the drive-in at about 1 1/2 yrs. old seeing "Sayonara" so I suppose an interest in film was inevitable. (For those scoring at home- good for you- I wasn't driving that evening, so no need to alert authorities.)Writer, critic and confessed spoiler of women, as I have a tendency to forget to put them back in the refrigerator. My apologies.
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2 Responses to Disconnected: “The Girlfriend Experience” (2009)

  1. sheafferhistorian says:

    He should have let her do what she…ummm, never mind.

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