The Sessions

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Ends Thursday, December 20th!

Winner! Audience Award and Special Jury Prize / Sundance Film Festival 2012

2013 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominee! Best Actor, John Hawkes; Best Supporting Actress, Helen Hunt

2013 Golden Globe Nominee! Best Actor, John Hawkes; Best Actress, Helen Hunt


“A crowd-pleaser of the finest sort.” – Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Highly recommended. For once in an American movie, the uplift feels earned.” – Ella Taylor, NPR

The Sessions is a pleasant shock: a touching, profoundly sex-positive film that equates sex with intimacy, tenderness and emotional connection instead of performance, competition and conquest.” – Stephen Holden, New York Times


This poignantly uplifting comedy/drama, based on the autobiographical writings of journalist and poet Mark O'Brien, tells the triumphant story of a man confined to an iron lung (Oscar-nominee John Hawkes, Winter's Bone) who is determined—at age 38—to finally lose his virginity. With the help of a professional sex surrogate (Oscar-winner Helen Hunt, As Good as it Gets) and the guidance of his therapists and priest (Oscar-nominee William H. Macy, Fargo), he sets out to make his seemingly-impossible dream a reality. (Dir. by Ben Lewin, 2012, US, 95 min., Rated R) HD Digital

Purchase a copy of An Intimate Life: Sex, Love and My Journey as a Surrogate Partner by Cheryl T. Cohen-Greene, the inspiration for Helen Hunt’s character in The Sessions, during the month of December, and receive a special "Loft Reel Reads" discount off the cover price - 20% for Loft Members and 10% for the general public. Copies of the book are available at The Loft Cinema and Antigone Books.


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