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The Sessions

(DVD - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Sessions


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Paralyzed and confined to an iron lung since childhood, poet-journalist Mark O'Brien 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, a sympathetic priest, 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.
Title: The sessions
[videorecording]
Publisher: [United States] :, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment,, [2013]
Edition: English, French or Spanish dialogue version.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: John Hawkes becomes Mark O'Brien; Helen Hunt as the sex surrogate; the women who loved Mark O'Brien.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2012.
Summary: Paralyzed and confined to an iron lung since childhood, poet-journalist Mark O'Brien 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, a sympathetic priest, 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.
Audience: Rating R for strong sexuality including graphic nudity and frank dialogue CHV rating 18A.
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Report This Mar 19, 2014
  • mati9 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is an excellent movie from beginning to end and it will definitely be one that sticks with me. It's a thought-provoking, tender-hearted and honest portrayal of the obstacles that have to be overcome in order to realize our full human potential. It is at its core a story about human longing and how this interplays with religion, disability, sexuality, and human relationships. It was witty and sweet and thoroughly enjoyable. I highly recommend it!!

Report This Jan 19, 2014
  • blackling rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Discover sex therapy, what it's like for those who have been deprived for a myriad of reasons. There is a way out if you step into your fear AND find the right help. This movie has a potential to clear the guilt-trip from the religious naysayers.

RT 94% Tender, funny, and touching, The Sessions provides an acting showcase for its talented stars and proves it's possible for Hollywood to produce a grown-up movie about sex.

Report This Nov 12, 2013
  • CathyH613 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is now on my list of the best movies I've ever seen. It's a beautiful film about what it means to be alive. Mark O'Brien was a sensitive, intelligent, fully realized human being. If you think it's just about sex, then you're missing the point. It definitely has a lot of frank sexual content, so it is not appropriate for children. But the movie is about so much more. Read some poetry and watch this movie, then go outside and feel the sunlight on your skin. You'll thank me later.

Report This Nov 02, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A couple of wise old proverbs come to mind: "I complained that I had no shoes, until I saw a man who had no feet." And: "There, but for The Grace of..." (and I'll stop there, so as not to offend any atheist, agnostic, or otherwise amongst the BiblioCommons community). A well put-together, introspective dramedy of an inspirational individual with inconceivable challenges, and an astonishingly positive attitude. Hard to imagine the unquestionably awkward exchange between he and his therapist, making something emotional and spiritual exclusively physical and mechanical. An incomprehensible endeavor to fathom, removing intimacy from the equation. Kudos to Helen Hunt's guts, and shamelessness in what (I assume) was probably an intimidating undertaking. Twenty one she ain't, and she looks damn good for more than twice that. Bravo. John Hawkes; William H. -- great choices for their respective roles.

Report This Oct 20, 2013
  • e278 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I just finished watching “Sessions” a sex surrogate movie. It was humorous: the writer knew people, and timing. It was moving: every life gets bumpy and feels pitiful and too painful. It was not expectational, unless maybe you've had a sex surrogate? He dies; I'm crying. Life can be damn difficult and sometimes the moments of reprieve really aren't fully compensatory, but we make do with what we get. Certainly it could be worse. I laughed, I cried, and unexpectedly I won't think much about sex, rather about a functional life and how little is really required, except engaging oneself earnestly with others. Another movie with a similar uplifting message from a real-life character is “The Diving bell and the Butterfly”, but not back-to-back.

Report This Sep 21, 2013
  • rufus_red4 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This film broke new ground in that it showed disabled people's sexuality. It was perhaps to pretty and pat, as it were, in the depiction of the subject matter and the script is almost on the 'tv afternoon special' level. But in the end, the performances are excellent. John Hawkes does an amazing job bringing together a character using only his face and voice. Though he lays motionless from the neck down, you feel he puts every cell of himself into the role. Helen Hunt gives a truthful and brave performance as the sexual surrogate, not shying away from full frontal nudity. Though I feel the director perhaps lingered a little to long on her naked body, she brought integrity to the task at hand. William H. Macy and Moon Bloodglow(? terrible name, her manager should advize her to change it) also give heartfelt performances.

Report This Sep 13, 2013
  • btmslt rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

An interesting look at the sexuality of the disabled.

Report This Aug 05, 2013
  • HenryF rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Worth seeing - it makes you appreciate the challenges that a severely disabled person faces. Given the subject matter, you might expect it to be heavy handed: but in fact, there are quite a few amusing scenes, and it's an upbeat movie. Helen Hunt gives a totally fearless performance as the sex therapist, and William H. Macy is funny and sympathetic as the priest.

Report This Aug 03, 2013
  • rslade rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Terrific movie. Balanced, touching, and amusing script, great acting, a very sweet and uplifting story. Macy does a marvelous job of a priest with both morals and compassion. The comedic moments do not get in the way of the reality and empathy. Hard to categorize: not a romance, not a comedy. But definitely worth seeing.

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Report This Apr 18, 2013
  • Ira_Elias rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Ira_Elias thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 21 and 21

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Report This Apr 18, 2013
  • Ira_Elias rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A man who has polio wants to have sex and found a sex counselor...who began develop feelings for him...

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Report This Jun 07, 2013
  • SEBoiko rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: nudity

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Report This Nov 02, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Motel Clerk: "...So, come on, tell me... What kind of therapist is she? Really." Vera: "I told you the first time -- she's a *sex* therapist. ...Today they're working on 'simultaneous orgasm'." Motel Clerk: "......What's that?"

Report This Apr 18, 2013
  • Ira_Elias rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"I am not a virgin...I have polio..."

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