Monday, November 12, 2012

The Sessions: A Rare Gem

There are many kinds of paralysis: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual.

Mark O'Brien (John Hawkes) had the kind that was a result of childhood polio. Yet, his mind, soul, and feelings, both physical and emotional, were sharper than most of the people we meet on or off the screen.

This story takes place in 1988, about ten years before his death. He's a 38-year-old virgin, an increasingly reluctant one, who wants to know and  experience what all the fuss is about.

Enter Cheryl, Helen Hunt, a sex surrogate, who embarks on the challenge of her career.

The brilliance of this movie is in the beauty bestowed on the sex act, especially in a medium that usually portrays sexuality as a crass, gymnastic act devoid of intimacy.

O'Brien was a poet and writer, in fact, this movie was based on an article he wrote titled, "On Seeing a Sex Surrogate." The film is sprinkled with his poems, other writings and wit. It's a flick that reminds the Movie Slut why she's in love with the movies.

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