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Written and directed by Ben Lewin, based on an essay by Mark O’Brien • 95 min. • USA • 2012 • Rated R for strong sexuality including graphic nudity and frank dialogue
Based on a true story by Mark O’Brien, a poet paralyzed from the neck down due to polio, The Sessions stars John Hawkes as O’Brien, who has long been confined to an iron lung. Naturally, this situation impeded his social life so, heading toward age 40, he decides he wants to lose his virginity. After consulting with his therapists and his priest (William H. Macy), he hires sex surrogate Cheryl Cohen Greene (Helen Hunt) to lend assistance. Over the course of the film, a poignant friendship between the two emerges and evolves.
The Sessions won the Special Jury Prize and the Audience Prize, and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize, at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
“The Sessions becomes a dance of joy in the midst of severe challenge, and a movie with a light spirit that lifts a tale of heavy fate.” —Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly (full review)
“The Sessions is probably the most lighthearted movie about sex and polio you’ll see this year.” —Linda Holmes, NPR (full review)
“It sends viewers out of the theater with a heightened sense of the physical and a real feeling for all the things that sex means in human life.” —Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle (full review)
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