Philip (Robrecht Vanden Thoren) is a paraplegic, Lars (Gilles de Schrijver) has a debilitating terminal cancer and Jozef (Tom Audenaert) is almost completely blind. Philip and Lars are both confined to wheelchairs and Jozef uses a magnifier to see. One day, on the suggestion of a never-seen friend called Curt,
Hunt won 'Best Supporting Female', while Hawkes won 'Best Male Lead' for their roles in the 2012 drama.
The Sessions tells the story of poet Mark O'Brien (Hawkes) who is paralyzed due to polio, and lives with an iron lung.
Due to his physical conditions, Mark has never had sex, so he hires a sex surrogate to lose his virginity.
Both Hunt and Hawkes were nominated at the Golden Globe Awards and Screen Actor Guild Awards. Hunt is also nominated for an Academy Award.
The 85th Academy Awards air on Sunday (February 24) at 7pm Et on ABC.
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Based on the poignantly optimistic autobiographical writings of California -based journalist and poet Mark O'Brien, The Sessions tells the story of a man confined to an iron lung who is determined, at age 38, to lose his virginity. With the help of his therapists and the guidance of a priest, he sets out to make his dream a reality.
We recently talked with director Ben Lewin, just as The Sessions, which has garnered Helen Hunt an Academy Award nomination, makes its way to Blu-ray and DVD. Check out our conversation, then be sure to check out the movie, which is available today!
Before Mark O'Brien, whom John Hawkes plays in the movie, passed away, he started courting a young woman named Susan Fernbach. You actually collaborated with her quite a bit on the screenplay, correct?
Ben Lewin: Yes. That
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Paralyzed and confined to an iron lung since childhood, poet-journalist Mark O'Brien (John Hawkes) has overcome adversity time and time again. But now, at age 38, he faces his toughest challenge yet: losing his virginity. With the help of a beautiful therapist (Helen Hunt), a sympathetic
Also new this week is the coming-of-age drama "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" with Emma Watson, RZA trying to do Quentin Tarantino proud in "The Man with the Iron Fists" and the sexually frank drama "The Sessions" starring Helen Hunt.
Box Office: $303 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 92% Fresh
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We first learned of the man in the iron lung through the Jessica Yu's Academy Award-winning documentary Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien. John Hawkes (Lincoln, Eastbound & Down) plays the poet and journalist who has since died in real-life. Helen Hunt is the sex surrogate whom relieved O'Brien of his virginity. The real O'Brien published a 1990 magazine article about the whole experience.
Helen Hunt and John Hawkes are garnering positive reviews, and are said to be
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