This poignantly uplifting comedy/drama, based on the autobiographical writings of journalist and poet Mark O’Brien, tells the triumphant story of a man confined to an iron lung (Oscar-nominee John Hawkes, Winter’s Bone) who is determined—at age 38—to finally lose his virginity. With the help of a professional sex surrogate (Oscar-winner Helen Hunt, As Good as it Gets) and the guidance of his therapists and priest (Oscar-nominee William H. Macy, Fargo), he sets out to make his seemingly-impossible dream a reality. (Dir. by Ben Lewin, 2012, US, 95 min., Rated R) HD Digital
Purchase a copy of An Intimate Life: Sex, Love and My Journey as a Surrogate Partner by Cheryl T. Cohen-Greene, the inspiration for Helen Hunt’s character in The Sessions, during the month of December, and receive a special “Loft Reel Reads” discount off the cover price – 20% for Loft Members and 10% for the general public. Copies of the book are available at The Loft Cinema and Antigone Books.