There are films that come along that do not just grab you with the trailer, but the subject matter is just so intriguing that you have to see it. Throw in the award season buzz on it and it will get the mind to wandering. The Sessions is just one of those films that not only has the award buzz and intriguing topic, but also sports a great cast featuring John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, and Moon Bloodgood. Can this movie live up the hype or will it end up being a slow paced session you will wish you never attended?
The Sessions follows a 38 year old man who uses an iron lung and decides he no longer wants to be a virgin. With the help of his therapist and priest, he contacts a professional surrogate to not only lose his virginity but to take him on a sexual journey of life. Not only does this film live up to the hype it exceeds it. This is an amazing film in both the story and performances. John Hawkes is always great, but delivers probably his best performance of his career as well as one that may rival any in the industry. His dedication to have to bring this character to life given the circumstances of his handicap truly showcases a master of his craft. The rest of the cast do a great job as well with the always fun Macy doing his thing and Hunt who really goes all out for this role, literally. We may never know why, but she clearly felt something in this project to deliver her first full frontal nudity to the best of my knowledge. This isn’t done with any perversion intended, but vital to the story and says a lot for her dedication to deliver this performance.
For a film filled with such passion, pain, and a bit of a depressing nature it plays pretty light hearted complete with some funny moments to break up the serious tone. This is a film that is sure to bring some sort of response from you due to its brilliantly executed storytelling and performances. If you have had any reservations about giving this movie a try, throw them to the wayside and check it out.