Tag Archives: The Girlfriend Experience

The Girlfriend Experience (2009)

There’s plenty of experimentation in film, though it’s usually produced independently and often flies under the radar.  Steven Soderbergh is a rare director in that he’s constantly shifting back and forth between big, moderately traditional productions and smaller, indie films.  I watched Bubble a few years back, and though I didn’t care much for the film, I really admired Soderbergh’s ability to work outside of a comfort zone.  If I had to guess I’d say that few directors will go into production on something they don’t feel confident will be called great.  They’re obviously not always right in their assessment and hindsight is 20/20.  I don’t know that Soderbergh minds working without a safety net, and again, I admire that.  The Girlfriend Experience, shot in nearly two weeks and for just over a million dollars, finds him again doing something all on his own, and any of the good or bad that can be found here can’t be traced back to anyone but him.  Maybe if he could have it his way, he’d sit in on every viewing and take questions afterward.

Continue reading