She's Lost Control

Synopsis: The professional and personal life of a sexual surrogate begins to unravel when she starts working with a new client.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Anja Marquardt
  2 wins & 9 nominations.
90 min



I know this is

a weird situation,


all I can say is that

when I'm here with you,

I'm completely here.

Yes, you pay me for my time,

but, um...

you can't...

control how I feel.


just between us.

Thank you.


Let's see.

This just slides.



How are things with

your grandmother?

She keeps nagging me.

But I have two interviews

next week.

You do?


I'm so proud of you.

Any thoughts or feelings

you wanna share?

All right, well, let's just say

we'll put in pencil

one or two more sessions,

but after that, I want you

to check in with me about it.


So what about Christopher?

Yeah, I think so.

I think his...

His confidence levels

are way up.

And he's continuing

to be much more active.

You're coming up on closure

with him.

Are you having anxiety

about that?

- No.

- Are you okay with that?

I am, I really don't.

I, um...

I mean, I care...

I definitely care about him.


Well, that's a given.

Yeah, but he...

You know, I think he's ready,

and I don't anticipate

any boundary...




So, Johnny Hayes.

He's been with me for about,

two years,

and he has sustained problems

with intimacy.

Looks like some

compulsive behavior as well.

So, would you like to meet him?


Well, what about your workshops?

They start next month, right?

I don't have to submit a draft

of my thesis until the fall,



So I'll set up a meeting.

And I guess that's...

That's it for today.

Thank you.



Come on in.

How are you?

It's nice to see you.

So, before we get started,

if I could just have you

fill this out.

It's a confidentiality


We'll both sign it.

Not for sexual gratification

or entertainment.

Of course.

Great, thank you.

If you could just do me

one more favor.

Um, swipe your outer gum

and your cheek

in a full circle.

It's a rapid test.

You didn't get a copy

of my results?

I did. This is just

an additional precaution

that I take.

Thank you.

Did you bring a check?

Just cash.

Great, thanks.

Just leave it.

No, no, no, leave it on the bed.

You want one?

I'm fine, thanks.

Normally I would ask

that we refrain from drinking

before or during a session,

um, but I'm open to talking

to Dr. Cassidy about it.


I'm sensing you have

a very high level of anxiety.

This room okay for you?


Tell me a little bit

about yourself.

We're just gonna talk today.

We're just gonna try

to create a safe space.


What's it like being

an anesthesiologist?

Nurse anesthetist.


What's the difference?

Pay grade.

Put people to sleep

among other things.

What about stress?

How do you handle stress?

Have to make decisions fast,

get a result,

move on to the next job.

I don't like follow-ups.

So walk me through this.

You're at the hospital all day,

and then you go home

and you take care

of your sister.

You read my file.

I did, I read your file.

But look, a real person.

Note that the first piece

of cucumber is perfectly fine,

the first piece she eats.

The other one needs

to give a rock to us.

And she gets a grape

and she eats it.

And the other one sees that.

She gives a rock to us now.

Gets again cucumber.

If you give them grapes,

that's a far better food,

then you create...

So that's the experiment we did.

...perfectly willing to do this

25 times in a row.

So cucumber, even though it's

really only water in my opinion,

but cucumber is...

I wanna go down on you.

We can do that.

But I need you to take

your shirt off first.

I... I can't.

I can't do it.

Yes, you can.

I can't... I can't do it.

I can.

I'll do it next time.





- Hi, what's going on?

- Sorry.

Please tell me you weren't

just taking a bath.


It's leaking downstairs.


It is.


We come back for more tools.


Disconnect her.

When are you coming back?

I don't know.


Okay, but how... how am I supposed

to take a shower?

You put the tape,

plastic bag and tape, up at top.

Not okay.

Do you think...

Can you do that

before you leave?

I...I said tape.

No, I... I understand

what you said.


You put the plastic bag,

you know, supermarket,

and that's it.

Thank you.

Let's go.

It's your choice.

You don't have to act like that

and I don't have to take it.

There's a lot of ways

for us to be together.

We don't have to talk,

we can just...

stare at each other

for 90 minutes.

I'm fine with that.

Okay. Let's do one

of your exercises then.

Grab a chair.


You and I are gonna agree

to explore this part

of our body,

from our fingertips

to our elbow, okay?

One of us will be active

and one of us will be passive.

You wanna go first?


Okay, I'll be active.

Can I have your arm?

Good job.

I don't know...

I don't know, I'm...

Yeah, you can go.

It's your turn.

That's nice.

Keep going.

Not yet.


to here.

Do you want to touch my hair?



Hi, why didn't you call me back?

Can you see me?

Not really.

I hit accept.

Here, I'll do it again.

How about now?

I can hear ya.

You can't see me?

I did call you back.

Do you see me?

I see you.

And I see me.

No you didn't, I would know

if you called me back.

I mean, you did put me on a...

Your list of priorities

or something.

What's going on, Andro?

Mom's missing.

Missing how?

She ran off,

she packed her suitcase,

even took her meds.

I don't know,

must have gone barefoot,

'cause her shoes are still here.


Was anyone watching her?

Yes, I was...

I was watching her.

I mean, I'm also trying to watch

my kid at the same time,

and I don't have four eyes...

I know, Andro, I'm sorry.

I didn't...

You know, I called the cops,

we're two days in,

but you know how it is up here.

I was thinkin' about puttin'

some flyers out myself.

A good idea.

I can't find a good photo

of her,

it's f***ed up.

I'm sorry.

Do you need money?

Do I... do I need money?



Look, I should probably go,


Hey Andro, I'm sorry.

Call me back, all right?


You can call me.


Try it.

Got it.


What we're trying to do here

is help you

so that when you meet someone

special in your real life,

you can make it work out.

With Ronah, you have a kind of

professional intimacy,

which is different in its depth

of emotional bonds

and its self disclosure

than a personal relationship.

Now is there anything,

anything at all about her

that you do like?

Just pick anything.

Do you like the way

that she cares about you?

Do you like the way

that she's sincere

and that she really cares

about you,

she really wants to help you?


I don't know, her hair is...

t's soft.

I didn't know

it could be so soft.

Well, okay.

Tell her that.

Tell her that.



I made some dinner.

Are you hungry?


So, what's going on

with your bathroom?

Well, whatever they did,

it didn't work.

It's still leaking.

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Anja Marquardt

Anja Marquardt is a German film director who won two major international film awards for her first feature film She's Lost Control. Marquardt was previously known for her screen-writing and directing of critically acclaimed short films. Her first full-length movie explored the emotional journey of a young female student who works as a sexual surrogate and falls in love with an unusually recalcitrant client. Certain aspects of Marquardt’s work have been contrasted to Ben Lewin's similarly themed feature film The Sessions that uses a diametrically opposite approach to the topic. Marquardt stated that she intended "not to write a love story, but an anti-love story." more…

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