Mark O’Brien, a 36-year-old poet and journalist in an iron lung, decides he no longer wishes to be a virgin. With the help of his therapist and the guidance of his priest, he contacts a professional sex surrogate to take him on a journey to manhood
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John Hawkes and Helen Hunt give tremendous performances in an otherwise rather mundane film about a man left paralyzed by polio as a child, who seeks out a sex therapist to help him realize his dream of losing his virginity. Some nice character moments, especially with Hawkes and Hunt, but the film around them feels a bit too schematic and and thinly constructed.
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.
The film of the year, in my book. A rare cinematic miracle. As the main character is 'cured', so are we, the audience. The film presents sex on screen unlike anything else ever before. It truly is a healing work. And the two main performances are so extraordinary. I could go on and on. Shocking that this movie is not getting more end of the year love.
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 guy with polio and a cougar have sex.
But seriously, I appreciated the level of nuance this leant to the sexual experience, which is so often trivialized in Hollywood. It gets fairly sappy near the end, but John Hawkes and Helen Hunt are fantastic.
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.