The Sessions (2012) - Helen Hunt and John Hawkes
The Sessions (2012) – Cheryl Cohen Greene (Helen Hunt) and Mark O’Brien (John Hawkes) ©2012 Fox Searchlight

The Sessions is the true story of poet and journalist Mark O’Brien. He had childhood polio and now spends a large part of his time in an iron lung. When he is 38 he sets out to lose his virginity.

Actor John Hawkes plays O’Brien who hires a sex surrogate. The film is funny and moving in telling of surrogate sessions.

Check out the trailer and short feature on the making of the film.

The Sessions – Trailer

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The Sessions – Making-of feature

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The Sessions – Official Information

Based on the poignantly optimistic autobiographical writings of California–based journalist and poet Mark O’Brien, The Sessions tells the story of a man who lived most of his life in an iron lung who is determined – at age 38 – to lose his virginity.

With the help of his therapist and the guidance of his priest, he sets out to make his dream a reality.

Ben Lewin then brought this unusual tale to life with a devoted cast in roles unlike any on screen – with John Hawkes portraying O’Brien, Helen Hunt taking on Cheryl Cohen-Greene, and William H Macy as the priest who lends Mark his blessing, and his ear, as he attempts to explore life’s mysteries.

Cast: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and William H Macy. The film also stars Moon Bloodgood, Annika Marks, Rhea Perlman, W Earl Brown, Robin Weigert, Blake Lindsley, Ming Lo, Jennifer Kumiyama, Rusty Schwimmer, James Martinez with Adam Arkin.

Directed and written by Ben Lewin. Produced by Judi Levine, Stephen Nemeth and Ben Lewin

The Sessions – Theatrical release

US & Canada October 19, 2012
Australia November 8, 2012
UK January 18, 2013