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The Sessions (Blu-ray + UV Copy)

John Hawkes , Helen Hunt , Ben Lewin    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood, Annika Marks
  • Directors: Ben Lewin
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 20 May 2013
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008OHDGW0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,249 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Starring Academy Award® Nominee John Hawkes, Academy Award Nominee William H. Macy and Academy Award Winner Helen Hunt, the film is based on the true story of California–based journalist and poet Mark O’Brien. Portrayed by the exceptionally gifted John Hawkes--who gives a career-defining performance--O’Brien’s story is the immensely poignant and surprisingly funny tale of a man, paralysed by polio who--at age 38--is determined to finally lose his virginity.

Special Features:
  • Deleted scenes • Cheryl and Son • Can Can Fantasy
  • Featurettes • Writer/Director Ben Lewin Finds Inspiration • John Hawkes becomes Mark O'Brien • Helen Hunt as the Sex Surrogate • A Session with the Cast • The Women Who Loved Mark O'Brien

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Touching film on a difficult topic 12 Nov 2012
By Paul Allaer TOP 500 REVIEWER
Ever since "The Sessions" made its smash debut at the Sundance Film Festival in early 2012, this movie has gotten the reputation of "that movie with a lot of Helen Hunt nudity in it", and while it is true there are a number of nude scenes in the movie, I hope you will agree with me that, after you will hopefully have seen this film, this movie surely is about a lot more than that.

"The Sessions" (2012 release; 95 min.) brings the (real life) story of Mark O'Brien (played by John Hawkes), a Bay-area poet who lives in an iron lung as a result of polio when he was a little kid. In his late 30s, Mark wonders what if would be like "to be with a woman in the biblical sense", as he confides to his priest (played by William H. Macy). With the priest's blessing, Mark eventually gets in contact with a sex therapist, who in turn gets him in contact with Cheryl (played by Helen Hunt), a sex surrogate. Over the course of several sessions (hence the fiml's title), Cheryl gives "body awareness" tips and experiences. I'm not going to spoil your viewing experience by disclosing how it all plays out, but I will say that the last half hour of the movie is bittersweet and very touching, and I welled up more than once.

Several comments: first and foremost, John Hawke's performance will simply blow you away. I cannot imagine that he will not get an Oscar nomination for this. Of course, Helen Hunt's performance surely is Oscar-worthy as well, and not only because of the daring and frequent (but never exploitive) nudity. The immediate subject matter of the movie (sex for the disabled) is handled with care and grace. The buzz for this movie has been steadily growing in recent months, and I must say I was quite surprised how poorly attended the screening was which I attended this weekend here in Cincinnati. Maybe it was just a coincidence. I sure hope so, as I very much enjoyed this movie from start to finish. "The Sessions" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars remarkable 21 Jan 2013
By schumann_bg TOP 100 REVIEWER
The Sessions is a very beautiful film, focusing on the true-life experiences of a man who had polio as a child and spends much of the time in an iron lung. It shows his brave attempts to experience sexuality with a lot of humour as well as self-doubt, and the actor, John Hawkes, is amazing, as is Helen Hunt as the sex surrogate who helps him along this path. The performances ring absolutely true and leave you moved and full of admiration for them both, as does William H. Macy's turn as a Catholic priest. The effect of the film is very concentrated, with the camera often quite low to capture the character's viewpoint - he is always horizontal - but the tone is humorous and easy-going, even with the sadness which is very present also. The three faces draw you in to it as a visual experience, so you start to see them as carrying so much humanity. Don't be put off by the trailer, which gives the (false) impression there is a lot of background pop music - the tone of the actual film is much more rewarding and doesn't hop around like a lot of modern-day films! By the end it has achieved remarkable grace; it is the kind of film which modern frankness about sexual matters has allowed to be made, and seems to me to represent a strand of contemporary filmmaking at its very finest, dealing with a range of sexual and personal areas with a directness that wouldn't have been possible even in the very liberated 1970s. For me it is a much more fruitful subject than modern adventure epics full of CGI, and gives one hope for the future of cinema as a noble art form in that it creates empathy, but not in a sentimental or false way, and with a certain understatement, in spite of the openness already mentioned. Really it's the best new film I've seen for many months.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully paced, tender moving story 18 Mar 2013
By N
I know we tend to say in life, "people have different views of things", but if someone could watch this film and not just enjoy it and be moved then I find that very difficult to understand indeed. Anyone who feels the need to criticize it in anyway does not deserve the privilege of seeing such a tenderly treated story of a man's journey in an area of life previously denied to him. Anyway, forgive the concerns, but such a film is a treat and makes you appreciate your 'normal' life as a result. And that can only be a good thing for all of us.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little film that ticks all the boxes 5 Jun 2013
I was worried having heard about this film that it would be a sickly mixture of American soft-porn and cheesy tear-jerker. I was wrong - it's a wonderfully executed piece mixing humour with sensitive treatment of the topic of disability. The premise that polio victim Mike O'Brien is determined to find some way of losing his cherry is not too far-fetched. Having consulted with his priest, played with typical aplomb by William H Macey, he gets in touch with a "sex-surrogate" who will guide him through the necessary steps. Enter the fabulous Helen Hunt as said surrogate who steers him through the fears and the premature ejaculations to reach the nirvana of simultaneous (almost) orgasm. The effect on his life and on her private life slowly unfolds...I'm obviously not going to give away the ending. It's a funny and moving piece which I thoroughly recommend - principal characters and supporting cast all play their parts well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars exalant film 18 Jun 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have MS and it was lovely to see a film that gives disabled people hope in having a relationship with someone and falling in love.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great perfomanc all
intresting and heart warming film, great perfomanc all round
Published 15 days ago by mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Item as described, well packaged and delivered within timeframe.
Published 1 month ago by Maria Thompson
3.0 out of 5 stars mmmmmm
This movie was not at all what I expected from the reviews. I had hoped it would be more moving.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. P. S. Freeman
5.0 out of 5 stars Sessions
Saw this movie in the cinema and just had to have it on DVD. Its the sort of film that you can watch over and over and not get bored with it.
Published 4 months ago by Mr. I. H. Ritsma
4.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to watch but worth it
I was worried this might be depressing to watch but it turned out to be really uplifting. Definitely worth a watch!
Published 4 months ago by Graham Randall
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this DVD if you need to be reasured that there are some wonderful...
As this is a true story, it is so heart warming to sit and watch this film, and it will make you laugh, cry, and rethink your views re disabled people, and it has Helen Hunt in it,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by ERIC DAVIES
4.0 out of 5 stars a good film
a very good story line ,but quiet sad and funny at the same time, helen hunt is great in it
Published 6 months ago by MR R MIDDLEWEEK
4.0 out of 5 stars Much, much, better than expected.
Great acting quickly overcame any uncertainty about the storyline. Very engaging film with wonderful humour dotted along the way and nicely paced.
Published 7 months ago by Phil
1.0 out of 5 stars Sanctimonious tedium
A real, right-on movie for vacuous airheads: a little bit of porn, but nowhere near enough to keep you awake for the 90 minutes of sententious cliches that seem like 90 days. Read more
Published 8 months ago by mcik
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
We thought this sounded like an interesting movie but were disappointed and got bored watching it. The story is very slow, not much happening and very predictable. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Wendy Blanchard
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