The Sessions

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  95 min.
Release Date: October 26, 2012 - Toronto - October 26, 2012 - Toronto
Nov 2 - Vancouver
Nov 9 - Calg, Edm, Ott
Nov 16 - Hfx, Vic, Winn

DVD: February 12, 2013

Current rating: Rating: 4.56
based on 42 votes and 14 reviews
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Cast: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood, Annika Marks, Rhea Perlman, W. Earl Brown, Robin Weigert

Inspiration: Mark O'Brien


Mark O'Brien (John Hawkes) has spent the majority of his life in an iron lung after being diagnosed with polio. Not willing to let this hold him back in life, he learns to use a stick he holds with his mouth to follow through with his passion for writing.

He is constantly looked after by a rotating schedule of attendants, but when one attendant rubs him the wrong way, he asks his priest (William H. Macy) if it is a sin to fire her. With the priest's blessing, he seeks the care of another and he falls in love with her gentle heart and kind smile.

He wants to marry her, but she's unwilling. Unhappy, Mark returns to the priest before embarking on a new mission—losing his virginity. In his weekly sessions with a sexual surrogate (Helen Hunt), Mark learns about her body as well as his own, and step by step achieves his sexual goals on his way to manhood.

Director: Ben Lewin
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Producer(s): Stephen Nemeth, Judi Levine, Ben Lewin
Screenplay: Ben Lewin
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  • 4 stars "4 1/2 stars. wonderful film...a must see."
  • 5 stars "Loved Session!! It was the best Movie I ever saw."
  • 5 stars "I love you Helen Hunt and John Hawkes!!"