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A man in an iron lung who wishes to lose his virginity contacts a professional sex surrogate with the help of his therapist and priest.

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At the age of 38, Mark O'Brien, a man who uses an iron lung, decides he no longer wishes to be a virgin. With the help of his therapist and his priest, he contacts Cheryl Cohen-Greene, a professional sex surrogate and a typical soccer mom with a house, a mortgage and a husband. Inspired by a true story, The Sessions, follows the fascinating relationship which evolves between Cheryl and Mark as she takes him on his journey to manhood. Written by Anonymous

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THE FESTIVAL HIT OF THE YEAR!

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Rated R for strong sexuality including graphic nudity and frank dialogue | See all certifications »

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16 November 2012 (USA)  »

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Six Sessions  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$113,467 (USA) (19 October 2012)

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$5,997,134 (USA) (8 March 2013)
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Actor John Hawkes had to use a cushion under one side of his back in order for him to have the look of Mark O'Brien's arched and distorted spine. See more »

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Cheryl's Wacoal bras are circa-2011 makes, including "Embrace Lace Underwire" bra style #65191. See more »

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Himself - Reporter: Mark O'Brien has been going to UC Berkley since 1978. That's O'Brien in the motorized gurney heading for class last week. He had polio when he was six years old. The disease left his body crippled, but his mind remained sharp and alert. And since he wanted to be a writer, Mark O'Brien entered Cal to major in English and learn his trade. He wrote this poem for us about school here and about graduation.
Mark O'Brien: Graduation. Today I hear the crowd's applause. Receive the congratulations from ...
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An unusual story most skillfully handled
6 August 2012 | by (Melbourne. Australia) – See all my reviews

The niche subject matter will not be to everyone's taste but the handling of it by the artful Ben Lewin has been most skillfully and sensitively handled. The casting, particularly Helen Hunt, is ideal and Ben's subtle Jewish humour adds just the right touch to what could so easily have become a difficult story to keep on the move. As the film progressed I became increasingly intrigued by how it might end but it never loses interest and the combination of a tight script, good acting and very sensitive direction keeps the tension right to the end. Although a low budget production, it never feels like it and is vastly more satisfying than the big name run-of-the-mill rubbish Hollywood churns out far too often. This is a rewarding film in its own right and a valuable study into how tough life is for the seriously disabled. It provides a great service to everyone caught in such extreme circumstances and deserves success.


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