Based on a true story, John Hawkes plays poet and journalist Mark O’Brien, a man who has spent most of his life in an iron lung and is only able to out of for short periods each day. Possessed of a brilliant mind, he decides to write an article on sexual practices among disabled people.
That’s all you need to know, except for the fact that Helen Hunt gives an award-worthy performance as a sex-surrogate with whom he, ultimately, works. Hunt shows she is a true actress, i.e., one who will play the character and not worry about her “image.” Kudos to her and Moon Bloodgood, who plays O’Brien’s nursemaid.
As it is, I give The Sessions a 4+ out of 5.