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'The Sessions'

The Sessions
Courtesy of Fox Searchlight

In Theaters: October 26th
Starring: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt
Directed By: Ben Lewin
 
Here's a true story. Polio has forced poet and journalist Mark O'Brien (John Hawkes) to live most of his  life in an iron lung. Then this 38-year-old virgin decides he wants to experience sex. Enter a surrogate (Helen Hunt) who strips down and helps him get it on, or off, as the case may be. It sounds like TV movie treacle or, worse, exploitation. Instead, Hawkes and Hunt give award-caliber performances that turn The Sessions into a unique film that brims over with humor and heartbreak.

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