The Sessions is a movie with a sweet story based on the life of Mark O’Brien and his experiences. It’s not a first date movie. See it with a friend or your hubby. It’s a great conversation starter! Not so much dinner conversation though!
The movie stars William H. Macy, John Hawkes and Helen Hunt. It was written and directed by Ben Lewin and was a winner at the Sundance Film Festival. The Sessions was based on an article written by Mark O’Brien called, “Seeking a Sex Surrogate.” Having been paralyzed as a child with Polio, he was in a unique situation and he went to extreme measures to experience one of life’s most mystifying pleasures.
The screenplay was well written and I found this poignant story touching and gracefully portrayed. However well acted and directed, some of the scenarios were a little unrealistic and confusing. I enjoyed each of the characters and loved all the little nuances that came through the acting building upon each other until the final realization that it was the reciprocation of true love that Mark was seeking. True love complete with a burning desire may have been what was missing from his life when he sought after sexual satisfaction.
Be prepared to see a lot of Helen Hunt in this movie. (Literally.) Also, set any religious predispositions aside. Body issues and religious convictions are covered in this film. This story reminded me of how all people need physical love, even babies when they are sick have a higher rate of recovery when they are held. Go hug someone, it will be good for both of you!
Cinéphile Miz Meliz Rating
Category: Chick Flick
Oscar Nod? Quite Possible!
Date Worthy? Yes, but not a first date!
DVD or Netflix Worthy? Definitely!
Note: I saw this film at a pre-screening that was open to the public, I was not paid or compensated in any way to review this film, nor was I asked to review it. My opinions are my own. The photo is used by permission and was sent to me for use on my blog to promote the opening of the film.