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08 June 2009 @ 09:11 am
The Girlfriend Experience  
Saturday, K. and I went to see Steven Soderbergh's new film The Girlfriend Experience. It's about Chelsea, an upscale call girl in Manhattan, who is intently focused on advancing her career, but always only one or two bad mistakes away from disaster. What she (and the film) delivers to customers is really more emotional than sexual, an illusion of human connection that includes sex, but also many of the trappings of a relationship as well. While Chelsea is cute and receptive, however, there's a distant, iciness to her that isn't just protecting her from her customers. It's creating problems with her boyfriend as well.

According to IMDB, twenty-one-year-old Sasha Grey, who plays Chelsea, has been in 160 porn films in her three year career! That's not really much indication of her acting talent, of course, but I think she did a pretty good job. It will be interesting to see if she can navigate the waters of more mainstream film, assuming that's what she wants.

The film itself is shot in a lo-fi, almost hidden camera style that makes the audience feel vaguely like voyeurs. But the film isn't about peeping and it isn't really even about the story, which is told out of sequence, intentionally robbing it of much of its drama. No, it's about the characters and about what our desires tell us about who we are.

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Listening to: The Housemartins - "Five Get Over Excited"
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Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: blue bottleassmonkeydiary on June 8th, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
Pretty seldem, I imagine. I suppose Traci Lords qualifies. And I think there's someone playing a mom in one of the CW teen shows that used to be in porn.
Professor Mortisprofessormortis on June 8th, 2009 11:03 pm (UTC)

There's also Kristine DeBell who I guess didn't really "make it" but was in both early Jackie Chan vehicles and 1970s soft core, minimum. There's Merilyn Chambers, who at least had a few non-porn credits to her name; I feel like there's another series TV actress that was in some hardcore early in her career but I'm failing to come up with a name.
Pallaspallasathene8 on June 8th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
I don't like that ass. At least, not the way that she's standing.
Diary of an Ass Monkeyassmonkeydiary on June 8th, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
Really? I love it, but I guess get what you're saying. With her legs like that, it gives her a somewhat odd silhouette.
JuhnDonngilmoure on June 9th, 2009 01:54 am (UTC)
Cute tushie to me. Nice fold!
Diary of an Ass Monkeyassmonkeydiary on June 9th, 2009 02:35 am (UTC)
Fold is an excellent word for it.
JuhnDonn: beer bourbongilmoure on June 9th, 2009 02:43 am (UTC)
Beats crease!
(Anonymous) on June 9th, 2009 04:13 am (UTC)
either she's hyper relaxed or too much fat to muscle.