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Genre Drama
Running Time 98 min
Release Date Oct 19, 2012
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The Sessions

Based on the autobiographical writings of California-based journalist and poet Mark O'Brien, this movie tells the story of a man confined to an iron lung who is determined--at age 38--to lose his virginity. With the help of his therapists and the guidance of his priest, he sets out to make his dream a reality.

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October 25, 2012 - Boston.com - By Ty Burr, Globe Staff

An entertaining parlor game to play after you’ve seen “The Sessions” — after you’ve dried your eyes and let the aura of profound tenderness dissipate — is to imagine the many ways the film could have gone wrong. A man in an iron lung hires a sex surrogate to help him lose his virginity? It sounds like a bad joke or a worse “Saturday Night Live” sketch. At the very least, such a story would have to steer equally clear of exploitation and sentimentality, resisting both the urge to gawk and the path of easy pity. One way lies sleaziness, the other saccharine, and either would sink this project.

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