The Sessions



This is a fictional adaption of the Academy Award winning short documentary ‘Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O’Brien’. Mark was a journalist and poet who had polio as a child and spent a majority of his time in an iron lung. The documentary took a look at his spiritual struggle coping with his disability whereas the fictional film deals with his desire to lose his virginity. He seeks council from his priest and his therapist who eventually refers him to a sex surrogate. The main arc of the movie deals with the relationship that develops between Mark (John Hawkes) and Cheryl (Helen Hunt) and how she helps him find his way.





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