Film Review: The Sessions
by Matthew Durham

If John Hawkes somehow didn’t prove he was a great actor with Winter’s Bone and Martha Marcy May Marlene, then any disbelief can be certainly swayed with The Sessions. The Sessions is the story of  Mark O’ Brien a 38-year-old poet who has lost all of his motor functions to polio and is cursed to live his life strapped to a gurney.

When Mark isn’t strapped to a gurney he is tied to an iron lung at his home where he works on his poetry and reads. Mark requires an assistant and he spends the beginning of the film firing one assistant and falling in love with the next, however once she denies his love he resorts to looking up a sex surrogate who is played wonderfully by Helen Hunt.  (more…)