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The Sessions
John Hawkes and William H. Macy




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A 38-year-old man who has spent most of his life in an iron lung enlists the help of a sexual surrogate in order to lose his virginity in this drama starring Oscar-nominated actor John Hawkes and inspired by the life of poet/journalist Mark O'Brien. With the support of an unconventional priest (William H. Macy) and a devoted team of caretakers, the virginal writer hires a compassionate sex surrogate (Helen Hunt), who finds her life profoundly transformed by their tender sessions.

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Overview

A 38-year-old man who has spent most of his life in an iron lung enlists the help of a sexual surrogate in order to lose his virginity in this drama starring Oscar-nominated actor John Hawkes and inspired by the life of poet/journalist Mark O'Brien. With the support of an unconventional priest (William H. Macy) and a devoted team of caretakers, the virginal writer hires a compassionate sex surrogate (Helen Hunt), who finds her life profoundly transformed by their tender sessions.

Main Cast & Crew

Ben Lewin - Director
John Hawkes
Helen Hunt
William H. Macy
Moon Bloodgood
Annika Marks
Rhea Perlman
W. Earl Brown
Robin Weigert
Blake Lindsley
Ming Lo

 

Details

DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 95
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 024543831594
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: February 2013

Related Categories:
Movies > Comedies

Related Keywords:
Prostitution
Physically Impaired

 

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Reviews:
4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]f the humor draws them in, it's the emotional honesty that will get people talking about THE SURROGATE....Central to Lewin's achievement is a towering performance from John Hawkes..." - 01/25/2012 Box Office


"[S]urprisingly accessible and emotionally effective....[A] well-acted and constructed film..." - 01/23/2012 Hollywood Reporter


"[Hawkes delivers] an extraordinary performance, from the pinched voice conveying anxiety with humor to the twisted posture that can express, almost simultaneously, the agony of severe disability and the ecstasy of human contact." - 10/18/2012 Wall Street Journal


"O'Brien chronicled his surrogacy experience with such humor and intellect that empathy, not pity prevailed....That sensibility buoys writer-director Ben Lewin's screenplay as well." - 10/18/2012 Los Angeles Times


3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Helen Hunt provides a performance of tact and delicacy." - 10/24/2012 Chicago Sun-Times


"THE SESSIONS is a pleasant shock: a touching, profoundly sex-positive film that equates sex with intimacy, tenderness and emotional connection instead of performance, competition and conquest." - 10/19/2012 New York Times


"[A]dmirably frank and funny about sex...sweet instead of raunchy, and plaintive instead of snickering and vulgar." -- Grade: B - 10/18/2012 A.V. Club


3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[Lewin] has crafted an exhilarating gift of a movie that's funny, touching and vital. And Hawkes does the kind of acting that awards were invented for." - 10/25/2012 Rolling Stone


"Thankfully, plenty of laughs do ensue in THE SESSIONS, in which John Hawkes doesn’t play as much as channel the late poet and author Mark O’Brien." - 10/26/2012 Washington Post


4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]errific though Hawkes is, he's flanked by two equally impressive performers." - 01/31/2013 Total Film


"[Hunt] is so good here it's almost a rediscovery....[An] undeniably endearing piece..." - 02/01/2013 Sight and Sound

 

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