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DVD & Blu-ray review: The Sessions (15)

Ben Lewin (95mins)

"I'm always in somebody's way," laments Mark O'Brien, a California-based poet and journalist who contracted polio as a child and was confined to an iron lung for the rest of his life.

He's terrified, aged 38, of dying a virgin, so contacts a kind sex surrogate, Cheryl (Helen Hunt). John Hawkes (with Hunt) is thoroughly convincing as the witty, romantic O'Brien in Ben Lewin's honest, deeply compassionate and not in the least bit prudish true story.