The Sessions (2012)
Embodying, so to speak, the role of real-life paralysed polio victim Mark O'Brien, John Hawkes gives one of his finest performances to date, and invites us into his character's most intimate emotions, soul-searching thoughts and bitingly sarcastic outlook on life. It's a warm, life-affirming tribute to the human body and its potential for pleasure - sexual and otherwise sensory. And through O'Brien, the body is viewed as something completely independent from our minds; something we are blessed or cursed with, depending on how one chooses to view it. As we follow this remarkable man in his quest to fulfill his highly ordinary needs, and through his many intelligent observations, we're reminded that a) sex can heal, and b) sex can sell, because apart from Helen Hunt's nudity and the film's blatant theme, The Sessions is a bit too congenial and analytical to make O'Brien's journey seem as relevant and valid to us as it arguably was for him.