“Is it possible for me to know a woman in the biblical sense?”
– Mark O’Brien
Accomplished article writer Mark O’Brien has spent the majority of his life in an iron lung & has grown tired of still being a virgin. After consulting with Father Brendan, a priest played by William H Macy, he decides to lose his virginity by seeing Cheryl, an official sex surrogate played by Helen Hunt. As the therapy sessions progress, both Mark & Cheryl discover that things are not always as they first appeared to be.
While the cast is minimal, every actor on screen truly brings their best to the table. John Hawkes hits just the right chords as delivering a performance that is the emotion bringing O’Brien to life. Alongside Hawkes, Helen Hunt delivers an amazing performance that adds character depth by her reactions, making what she doesn’t say speak louder than what she says. When you add Macy’s comic relief to the mix, this movie delivers superb acting from a talented cast.
This plot & story based on true events is simple yet well executed. What I really enjoyed about it with that just when you think of product came predictable it switches not in a pretentious way, but in a surprising way. While I’m happy how the movie reaches its conclusion, I kind of wish the movie was slightly longer. This way, the main consequence has time to be fleshed out a bit more.
I really enjoyed the cinematography in this movie as all of the cuts & different types of shots had a visual symbolism that came together for me. I don’t want to share too much of it but it’s double meanings & visual puns added an extra layer of enjoyment to the experience.
The movie does deal with sex so you can expect things such as nudity, sexual situations, & frank sex talk. Despite that, the subject matter is handled with maturity. The scenes are not gratuitous or handled with the same kind of treatment that you’d expect from a teen R comedy. It is handled with the best possible taste.
The Sessions is cleverly composed piece of art. It’s also a brilliant character study of the 2 main characters as it is loaded with witty humor. While I openly admit that this movie is not for everyone, if you’re looking for something offbeat & are not bothered by the subject matter, then I suggest you go to your nearest participating theater (as it is in limited release) & take in a session. A-
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