THE SESSIONS - FLIFF

Country of Origin: U S A
Year: 2012
Runtime: 95 min
Language: English
Director: Ben Lewin

Producer: Ben Lewin, Judi Levin, Stephen Nemeth
Cast: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy

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Synopsis

"A film of tenderness and humor married to the unlikeliest of subjects, "The Sessions" presents the story of poet and polio survivor Mark O'Brien, who left behind an oeuvre of life-affirming writing despite his condition. But this is no mere biopic; Jessica Yu covered that quite nicely in her Oscar-winning nonfiction short "Breathing Lessons." Instead, writer-director Ben Lewin's film focuses on perhaps the most unusual chapter of O'Brien's life, in which the iron lung-bound writer (John Hawkes) arranges to lose his virginity with the help of a sex therapist (Helen Hunt). Careful treatment makes for an exceptional, expertly acted crowd-pleaser.

Sponsored by Betsy Cameron & Barry Smith.

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