The Sessions

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Released 2012

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Director:
Ben Lewin
Released:
2012
Rating:
R
Academy Award Winner Helen Hunt* joins Academy Award Nominees John Hawkes** and William H. Macy*** in this triumphant true story about love, sex, desire...and making every breath count. Paralyzed and confined to an iron lung since childhood, poet-journalist Mark O'Brien (Hawkes) has overcome adversity time and time again. But now, at age 38, he faces his toughest challenge yet: losing his virginity. With the help of a beautiful therapist (Hunt), a sympathetic priest (Macy), and his own unbridled sense of optimism and humor, Mark embarks on an extraordinary personal journey to discover the wondrous pleasures that make life worth living.*Actress, As Good As It Gets, 1997. **Supporting Actor, Winter's Bone, 2010. ***Supporting Actor, Fargo, 1996.

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  • 90

    Variety

    A film of tenderness and humor married to the unlikeliest of subjects.

  • 80

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    At once entirely frank and downright cuddly in the way it deals with the seldom-visited subject of the sex lives of people with disabilities, this well-acted and constructed film w...

  • 80

    Boxoffice Magazine Ray Greene

    The emotional journey is articulated with so much nuance, and such a vigorous belief in human possibility, that everything The Surrogate touches becomes its own, and is made new.

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