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The Sessions

The Sessions

2012 / United States / 95 min / N-16
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Director(s) - Ben Lewin
Screenwriter(s) - Ben Lewin
Actors - John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy
Producer(s) - Ben Lewin, Judi Levine, Stephen Nemeth
Cinematographer - Geoffrey Simpson
Editor(s) - Lisa Bromwell
Composer(s) - Marco Beltrami
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Dialogues - English
Subtitles - Lithuanian
Riveting performances from John Hawkes and Helen Hunt anchor this moving and unabashedly droll film about a 38-year-old man confined to an iron lung and his endeavours to lose his virginity. Paralysed after childhood polio, Mark (Hawkes) has lived life to the fullest, defying all medical expectations and maintaining a rich intellectual career as a poet and journalist. While his quick wit makes him an irrepressible flirt, his encounters with women are mostly confined to his caregivers, and physical intimacy continues to elude him. Frustrated and fearful, he raises the issue with his progressive priest (William H Macy) and ultimately engages a sex surrogate (Hunt) whose services will be limited to six sessions and are designed to assist disabled people transition to sexual activity.

About Directors

Ben Lewin (b. 1946 in Poland).


"Georgia" (1988), "The Favour, the Watch and the Very Big Fish" (1991), "Paperback Romance" (1994), "Hollywood Gold" (2003, doc.), "The Sessions" (2012, "Kino pavasaris").