Friday, May 22, 2009

The Girlfriend Experience (Steven Soderbergh) -- Chelsea (Sasha Grey) which might not be her real name, has a live-in boyfriend named Chris (Chris Santos), who works as a personal trainer, tending to the bodies of some of the same kinds of guys who hire Chelsea for her services. The similarities between them are established a little too pointedly, but they are nonetheless thought provoking. Both Chris and Chelsea belong to a sector of the economy that depends on the blurring of certain distinctions, between service and friendship, say, or profit and affection. Therapists, exercise instructors, nannies, manicurists, bartenders — when you think about it, they are all paid for something that can easily be mistaken for love. - AO Scott, NY Times (’Tis Pity She’s a Brand)

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