We often say that actions speak louder than words. In The Sessions, this is not only entirely true but also rather ironic. Mainly because the main character, Mark O'Brien (John Hawkes), is immobilized due to polio. Mark spends most of his time inside an iron lung, a device that helps him breath. He usually has long conversations with Father Brendan (William H. Macy), to whom he confesses virtually everything, even his desire to lose his virginity. To achieve this goal, he gets in contact with Cheryl (Helen Hunt), a sex surrogate. The two agree to work together, and some ground rules are established. Despite wanting to keep it professional, both Mark and Cheryl start developing romantic feelings for each other. Being a poet himself, Mark writes her a poem, which Cheryl's husband hides out of jealousy. Is it going to be possible to press on, even when their personal feelings get in the way?
The Sessions is an independent film that received universal acclaim, especially thanks to John Hawkes' performance. Helen Hunt also shares with us more than just her talent, daring to literally bare all for the purpose of the film.
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