Excerpt: Life can throw some curve balls to us humans. I feel that I’m very fortunate to have all of my senses, be in good health with no major problems (physically or emotionally) and have what I’d refer to as a good life . Others aren’t as lucky and it’s by no fault of their own – it’s just the way things happened. Take “Mark” the character in The Sessions, who was stricken by Polio as a child and has spent the majority of his life in an iron lung. Is that a way to live?
Excerpt: In 1988, 38-year-old polio-stricken Bay Area poet Mark O'Brien (John Hawkes) decided that it was time for him to experience physical love. The problem was that his ailment left him practically paralyzed from the neck down even though he still had feeling everywhere on his body. He calls upon a sex surrogate named Cheryl (Helen Hunt) to help him discover his sexuality.
Excerpt: Mark O'Brien (John Hawkes, Deadwood ) is a poet and journalist who contracted polio during childhood and has been paralyzed for most of his life. He spends the bulk of each day inside an iron lung, and he has come to terms with the fact that he probably doesn't have many years left. Mark is a religious man, but he has a secret desire that he feels may conflict with his faith: he wants to lose his virginity before he dies. He consults his priest (William H.
Excerpt: The Sessions is a close-up look at the life of Mark O’Brien, a writer and poet paralyzed since early childhood from polio. In spite of being confined to an iron lung for the better part of each day and unable to move anything but his head, Mark O’Brien managed to graduate from Berkeley and went on to become a successful writer.
Summary: While we fearfully await Lars Von Trier's upcoming Nymphomaniac —which, if it's anything like Antichrist , is almost sure to leave psychological scars—here's a film that's contrastingly healing and hopeful in its frank depiction of human sexuality. The Sessions is based on the life of the late Mark O'Brien, a Berkeley-area poet and journalist who was stricken with polio as a child and spent most of his life in an iron lung, almost wholly immobile from the neck down.
Conclusion: 'The Sessions' is a great film. Hawkes and Hunt did a phenomenal job in this movie. The video presentation is very clean and looks amazing, with the audio sounding decent for a comedy/drama. The extras were decent as well here.This film is highly recommended.
Excerpt: The Sessions is never quite sure what it wants to be. The balance is completely off. It cares a little too much about its supporting characters and doesn’t cover quite enough of a timeframe to work as a biopic; yet, it tacks on too many scenes at the end to be anything other than a glorification of its main character’s life. It’s uneven and unwilling to follow a straight path.
Excerpt: In Ben Lewin’s The Sessions , John Hawkes takes on the kind of role that earns Academy Awards, in the kind of film that doesn’t. While his performance is humble and low-key rather than Oscar-tastically bombastic, his recent dynamic, forceful parts in films like Winter’s Bone and Martha Marcy May Marlene make it hard to forget that the wheezy-voiced, twisted, unmoving man onscreen in The Sessions is an actor in the kind of stunty role that normally serves as awards-bait:...