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Release Date: October 19th, 2012

DVD Release Date: February 12th, 2013

R|1 hr 35 min

Plot Summary
Though a childhood bout with polio left him dependent on an iron lung, Mark O'Brien (John Hawkes) maintains a career as a journalist and poet. A writing assignment dealing with sex and the disabled piques Mark's curiosity, and he decides to investigate the possibility of experiencing sex himself. When his overtures toward a caregiver (Annika Marks) scare her away, he books an appointment with sex surrogate Cheryl Cohen Green (Helen Hunt) to lose his virginity.

Cast: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood, Annika Marks, Adam Arkin, W. Earl Brown, Robin Weigert

Director: Ben Lewin

Genres: Comedy drama, Biography

Production Co: Fox Searchlight

Distributors: Fox Searchlight

Keywords: 2010s, Witty, Touching, Transformation

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  • For once in an American movie, the uplift feels earned. show more

  • At once entirely frank and downright cuddly in the way it deals with the seldom-visited subject of the sex lives of people with disabilities, this well-acted and constructed film will, at the very least, turn the spotlight on this unusual topic. show more

  • The Sessions is admirable, and often enjoyable, yet self-limiting in concept. It's exactly about what it sets out to be about - no less but no more. show more

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Supporting Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2012)
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2012)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2012)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama