First Clip from THE SESSIONS Starring John Hawkes and Helen Hunt

     August 28, 2012


The first clip from The Sessions has gone online.  The movie stars John Hawkes as writer and poet Mark O’Brien, whose body was ravaged by polio when he was a child and stuck him in an iron lung for the rest of his life.  However, he still wanted to have sex and intimacy, and so he found a sexual surrogate (Helen Hunt) to help him learn the intricacies of intercourse.  This debut clip explains how Hunt’s character isn’t a prostitute even though O’Brien pays her for sex.  It also provides a glimpse of the excellent performances from Hawkes and Hunt.  I caught the movie at Sundance (back when it was called The Surrogate) and though it was really terrific, so I can’t wait for more people to get a look at it.

Hit the jump to check out the clip.  The Sessions opens October 26th.

Click over to Yahoo! Movies to see the clip in HD.

Here’s the official synopsis for The Sessions:

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 his priest, he sets out to make his dream a reality.


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  • JJL

    I caught ‘The Sessions’ earlier this year and thought it was static, clumsy and emotionally manipulative. John Hawkes is OK, but I have no idea why anyone would acclaim Hunt’s work: she is caught in a lousy subplot that provides some of the clumsiest exposition seen in 2012. However, she does get nekkid so I suppose that makes the performance “brave” or something. Lewin’s staid direction is inadequate, as the film continually reminds you how much better “The Diving Bell …” was with each scene. (The opening sequence is very, very similar to a moment in Julian Schnabel’s film). Typical that Goldberg liked it, though: the guy celebrates mediocrity (A-, for real?) and despises anything even remotely competent.

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