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The Sessions

4

Sex and disability drama is adult cinema in the best sense

Poet and polio sufferer Mark O’Brien’s real-life experiences with a sex surrogate could have been played for laughs: The 40-Year-Old Virgin in an iron lung.

Instead Ben Lewin’s drama is that rarest of things: a film as insightful about sex as it is about disability.

John Hawkes is phenomenal as the sharp mind rendered helpless by physical intimacy.

Oscar-nominated Helen Hunt is equally impressive as his surrogate, touched in turn by O’Brien’s vulnerability.

Their time together makes for adult cinema in the best sense: frank and funny about the desires of body and soul.

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