John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and William H.Macy were convincing in “The Sessions”, a gentle, sensitive and humorous film that was able to escape to sentimental excesses by adopting a positive and straightforward attitude. Full review and rating: http://alwayswatchgoodmovies.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-sessions-2012.html
Tender, heartfelt, emotionally naked and sensual potrayal of late poet Mark O'Brien and his struggle to find emotional and physical love despite being afflicted with polio and spending the majority of his time in an iron lung. Hawkes is dynamite here as is Hunt in a brave, mature performance with able support from the reliable Macy and a well cast Moon Bloodgood. Never maudlin but emotionally rich.Well worth a look.
It is a refreshing film about a highly disabled man developing his sexuality with the help of a sex surrogate while maintaining his catholic faith. It show the importance of being fulfilled and the ability everyone has to develop positive relationships.
Only possible in San Francisco....it's sad how disabled people or other categories with problems have to be portrayed in movies as quirky, ironic, constantly self deprecating in order to make them likeable for the audience. The John Hawkes character has the humor of an illiterate hipster, though he's supposed to have graduated from Berkley. Awful all the way through
The dynamic shared between Hawkes and Hunt was so intensely believable that anything I originally perceived as cheesy about this was replaced with the urge to cry. From what I can tell, this stayed pretty true to the real man and his life, though I do wish they had given us more time with the woman he eventually married.
A brave film with truly remarkable performance from John Hawkes who continues to impress in his recent outings. And he does it while barely moving a muscle. Helen Hunt bares all (literally and otherwise) in a film that has poses philosophical questions on social and emotional levels. However, if you peel away the memorable performances, there is little else to say about the film.
Primeiro: eu não sabia que a Helen Hunt ainda era viva. Segundo: eu não sabia que ela atuava. Terceiro: pelo trailer, sinopse e essas coisas, eu esperava alguma coisa muito voltada pro dramalhão e eu encontrei um filme leve, divertido, sutil e bonito pra caramba. Quarto: é sempre ótimo estar errada quando eu sou surpreendida por umas coisas como As Sessões.