The Sessions, a movie about a severely disabled man trying to lose his virginity, may be the hardest sell of award season. How do you get people to give a movie a try when the very premise is squirm-inducing?
Funnily enough, describing The Sessions is also a little like trying to be intimate. If you come on too strong, too direct or blunt, all you’ll do is turn the person off. (Case in point: the way I described the movie above.)
But once you’ve actually seen The Sessions, you know there’s a lot more to it. For one, it’s hilarious. There are a fair number of heartbreaking moments, yes, but for the most part the spirit of this story is witty and warm and charming. Is it awkward? Absolutely — but how was your first time?
The video above, a Prize Fighter exclusive via Fox Searchlight, does a great job showing the lively nature of the film by focusing on the sex surrogate character played by Helen Hunt, a woman whose job is to help this man find happiness in a body that has given him anything but.
Does that description woo you any better?