Now available on DVD, Blu-Ray, and Video On Demand
Writer & Director: Ben Lewin
Producers: Ben Lewin, Judi Levine & Stephen Nemeth
Starring: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt & William H. Macy
Release date: 2012
The Sessions explores the fascinating relationship between Mark O’Brien, a poet in an iron lung, and Cheryl Cohen-Greene, a professional sex surrogate. The film is set in Berkeley, California, in the 1980s and is based on a true story. By the age of 36, Mark, confined mostly to an iron lung as a result of childhood polio, is eager to lose his virginity before his use-by date. He has made a modest living out of poetry and journalism and finally has the wherewithal to discover his sexuality. On the advice of his therapist and with the guidance of his priest, Marc contacts Cheryl who, aside from her unusual occupation, is a typical soccer mom. Their journey together proves that sex is only the beginning.
"This poet’s extraordinary story resonates with the elegance and precision of a poem. No line in The Surrogate is extraneous, no frame accidental. Filmmaker Ben Lewin's masterful brushstrokes endow every character with fullness and authenticity, fashioning rich metaphors and emotional nuance and fusing them into an exquisite, unforgettable awakening."
Why is The Sessions a family affair?
Written & Directed by dad
Produced by mum
Associate Producer & Post-Production Coordinator – daughter Alex
Music Consultant – son Oliver
Guest appearance – daughter Phoebe
We couldn’t have done it without them!