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The Sessions (2012)

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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 18 wins & 63 nominations. See more awards »

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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)

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

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$5,997,134 (USA) (8 March 2013)
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Ben Lewin met with several disabled actors but didn't feel any of them were right for the part. See more »

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Rhea Perlman's name is spelled Pearlman in the end credits. See more »

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Bill Hillman - 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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CMP231 Russian Romance
Written and performed by Udi Harpaz
Published by Netrax Music
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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Stunning
27 November 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Not a single false note struck by any of the cast in this gem.

John Hawkes, an actor's actor, finds a new level, as does Helen Hunt which is saying something. Every time I see William H Macy I think he is (even) better than the time before, and this is no exception.

This beautifully constructed and rendered movie was written and directed by a guy that I have never heard of, and, I'm told, made for less than a million bucks.

My guess is that we will hear a lot of him in the future.

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