Steven Soderbergh made waves when he premiered his latest film,
Girlfriend Experience, at this year's Sundance Film Festival -- not so much due
to its subject, a high class call girl, but rather thanks to who plays her:
adult film actress
Sasha Grey, the 21-year-old award-winning star of countless
films we can't mention here. An avowed cinephile and French New Wave enthusiast
who once considered taking the stage name
Anna Karina (and has been known as a
Godard devotee ever since), Grey shared her Five Favorite Films with Rotten
Tomatoes, revealing a penchant for intense character dramas that dare to be
honest and open -- much like Grey herself. Read on for more about Sasha Grey's
Five Favorite Films, her improvised central performance in The Girlfriend
Experience, what it was like to share the screen with film critic
(who appears in a cameo role), and more.
Herzog. It's such a hard movie not to like. You have this character who has
these hopes and dreams, he wants to come to America and he's a struggling,
failed musician but he also really cares about everybody else around him, and he
doesn't judge the people around him, no matter what their faults may be. I like
the characters and just the story itself.
me, it's just a very romantic story. It's the ultimate, "let's just drop
everything and run away together" movie; the way the story was told was so
unique. There's one scene in particular where
is on the beach, and she rolls over and she just says, "F--- me." To put that in
a film in that time period -- you just didn't expect that to come out of her
mouth. It's titillating, I guess you could say.
don't really know how to go into detail about it; the story is so intense, and
you're not made to feel a certain way towards these characters. You see this mom
who's kind of a b---- and doesn't really care about her youngest daughter, and
you see this older sister who's a b----... especially at the end, you don't really
feel sorry for these people.
I had a list of films that my theater teacher gave me, when I was about 14 or
15. One of the things he always told the class was you should be watching one
film per week, to study other actors and study the language of film. Fat Girl
just happened to be one of the films on the list.
think there's something about all of these films that resonate with me -- they're
all stories and situations between characters that you couldn't make with an
American studio today. A Woman Under the Influence is so raw, it's so
wrong... it's like, you knew those neighbors. It's a really emotional film, and I
John Cassavetes to have his
play that character, it was even more challenging and even more of a risk.