“The Girlfriend Experience” directed by Steven Soderbergh (stills / trailer)

The Girlfriend Experience

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Cast: Sasha Grey, Chris Santos, Glenn Kenney, Peter Zizzo

Opening: 22 May 2009 (New York / Los Angeles)

Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Plot summary: Set in the weeks leading up to the 2008 presidential election, The Girlfriend Experience is five days in the life of Chelsea (adult film star Sasha Grey in her mainstream film debut), an ultra high-end Manhattan call girl who offers more than sex to her clients, but companionship and conversation — “the girlfriend experience”. Chelsea thinks she has her life totally under control — she feels her future is secure because she runs her own business her own way, makes $2,000 an hour, and has a devoted boyfriend (Chris Santos) who accepts her lifestyle. But when you’re in the business of meeting people, you never know who you’re going to meet…

The 20th film from Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh, The Girlfriend Experience is a sexy, gorgeously shot time capsule from the not-too-distant past. [Magnolia Pictures]