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The Sessions

(DVD - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2013.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
digital,optical,surround
video file,DVD video,rda
Content Type: two-dimensional moving image
Media Type: video
Carrier Type: videodisc
Notes: Originally released as a motion picture in 2012.
Special features: John Hawkes becomes Mark O'Brien; Helen Hunt as the sex surrogate; the women who loved Mark O'Brien.
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.
Awards & Distinctions: WINNER: Audience Award Dramatic, Sundance Film Festival 2012
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Statement of Responsibility: Fox Searchlight Pictures presents, in association with Such Much Films and Rhino Films, a film by Ben Lewin ; produced by Judi Levine, Stephen Nemeth, Ben Lewin ; written for the screen and directed by Ben Lewin
Credits: Music: Marco Beltrami ; editor: Lisa Bromwell ; director of photography: Geoffrey Simpson.
Performers: Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood, John Hawkes.
System Details: DVD, widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; 5.1 Dolby digital (English, English descriptive audio), Dolby surround (Spanish, French).
Other Language: English, French or Spanish dialogue; Spanish subtitles.
Closed-captioned; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH).
Subject Headings: O'Brien, Mark, 1949-1999 Drama. First sexual experiences Drama. Therapist and patient Drama. Sex surrogates Drama. People with disabilities Sexual behavior Drama.
Genre/Form: Feature films.
Topical Term: First sexual experiences
Therapist and patient
Sex surrogates
People with disabilities
Publisher No: 2283159
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Sep 14, 2014
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

For adults only – Base on a true story, Helen Hunt (Oscar and Golden Globe noms) plays a sex therapist and one of her clients played by John Hawkes (Golden Globe nom for this role) is a polio victim who spends most of his day in an iron lung. I suspect that this is the only film dealing with this topic. We learn that while sex is important in self-well-being, love is important also. I was amazed to find that I did not recognize Alan Arkin until quite late in the film. See this film if you want to learn more about something I suspect you have no clue.

Aug 03, 2014
  • MovieWatch rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I always look forward to a movie with Helen Hunt. She never disappoints. She was absolutely believable in the role of the sex therapist in "The Sessions." John Hawkes evoked feelings of compassion for his character Mark O'Brien. It was surprising to me that the iron lung was still used in the 1980's. Beautiful story! Excellent action! Filled with compassion! this is most definitely a two "thumbs-up" movie.

May 14, 2014
  • kozakd rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A sweet, life affirming movie that leaves you thinking about it for days after. Kudos to Helen Hunt for handling a delicate role with honesty and grace.

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!!

Feb 01, 2014
  • macierules rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This movie deserves to be talked about, it really was terrific!

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.

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.

Nov 05, 2013
  • movie20 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I didn't think I would like the movie, but it is well done and very touching. Based on a true story.

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.

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

Sexual Content: nudity

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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?"

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

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

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