My Review- The Sessions

3 popcorns

3 Buckets of Popcorn
Really Good Movie. Oscar Worthy!

Based on the true story of Mark O’brien who was ravaged by polio and at age six was paralyzed from the neck down. He could only breathe with the aid of an iron lung, where he spent most of his life as a poet and journalist. His parents discovered that polio survivors only had an average life expectancy of 18 months when institutionalized, so they refused to subject their son to this sentence of a short life, instead opting to keep him at home, essentially giving up their lives so he could have one.
“The Sessions” chronicles Mark’s decision at age 38 that he wanted to know what it was like to have sex and lose his virginity. After a failed proposal to one of his 24 hour caretakers who he had developed a strong attraction to, upon the suggestion of a doctor who had to resuscitate him after a power failure almost ended his life due to his iron lung not functioning in the middle of the night, Mark decided to solicit the services of a sex surrogate. Being a devout Christian, which is ironic given the tragic circumstances of his existence, (Mark said he had to believe in God so he would have someone to blame for the joke that was his life.) he went to his priest for advice and his blessing of his plans to have sinful fornication outside of marriage. After serious consideration of the question, his priest, played by William H. Macy tells Mark, “I think God will give you a free pass on this one.” and prays with Mark that his journey will be successful and fulfilling.


Helen Hunt & John Hawkes in “The Sessions”

The role of his sex surrogate is masterfully played by Helen Hunt, who brings so much emotion, beauty, and raw passion to the role, you almost forget that she is totally nude much of the time. The biggest difference between Mark and most other quadriplegics who have generally suffered spinal injuries is that Mark’s only problem was that his muscles didn’t function, but he had full sensation and was otherwise fully functional. John Hawkes in the role of Mark gives a spectacular performance. I can’t imagine what he had to go through to get his normally healthy body to the thin, emaciated, muscleless form of Mark O’brien who spent his entire life outside of his iron lung on a roll-around gurney, fitted with breathing assistance equipment.

Cheryl Cohen Green, Mark’s surrogate therapist made it clear to Mark in the beginning that to keep it professional and therapeutic, their sessions together would be limited to a maximum of six sessions. However, after their 3rd time together upon achieving successful intercourse, both parties realized that they had developed strong emotional feelings for the other. Mark, never being one to hide or not express his feelings, sent Cheryl a love poem which was intercepted by her lazy, emotionless husband. After receiving a tongue lashing from her husband, Mark and Cheryl agreed after their fourth session together, where Mark insisted his goal was for them to achieve mutual orgasm, that it was best to end their times together before things went too far emotionally. Mark had achieved his goal of “knowing a woman in the Biblical sense” and continued to live to the age of 49, fell in love with another woman, and lived long enough to see a documentary of his life win an Academy Award in 1996.

I thoroughly enjoyed “The Sessions” because the story is engrossing, the acting is impeccable, and it is inspiring to see someone who life dealt such overwhelming obstacles refuse to not live his life to the fullest extent possible.

Please leave your comments below! Let me know what you think.

About BearChub4u

After 20 years of being in a sometimes happy, sometimes frustrated marriage, I decided it was time for me to stop living a life of lies and deceit and be true to who I really was, a gay man, and to start pursuing my own pathway to happiness. That pathway has had many high points and low points with many obstacles thrown at me by fate. While I have met many wonderfully sweet men over the years, some for short term relationships and others for brief encounters, my search continues for that one "Mr. Right" that I can be with long term, sharing everything in our lives together. to see who I'm searching for. Maybe it's you?
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2 Responses to My Review- The Sessions

  1. Kyle says:

    Hello Carlin! It’s Kyle from the screenings! Your card fell out of my wallet recently (probably somewhere in my apartment), and I wasn’t sure if I could find you. Thank goodness for Google! I enjoy reading your commentary on the movies, and I’m glad you enjoy them. Most reviews I read are overly critical and extremely negative. It’s nice to see someone being positive now and again.

    See you next time!

    P.S. Have you gotten a chance to read The Perks of Being a Wallflower? I’m interested in hearing what you thought of it!

    • BearChub4u says:

      I’m glad you were able to find me! This is my gay blog where I post much more than movie reviews. 🙂 I had given you the info for my other blog which is only movie reviews: I think that would be better for the movie companies to see for reference, even though this one has 10 times the views per month. I saw Cloud Atlas last night and will be writing about it soon. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but I loaned it to my roommate because he’s an avid reader, and I will be reading it when I get it back from him.

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