The 3rd floor gallery of the California Museum of Photography is closed for the installation of Color Shift from August 12th through August 30th, reopening on August 31st.

The Sessions

Directed by: Ben Lewin

2012 | USA | 95 minutes | Rated R


Friday, April 5, 2013, 7pm - 9pm


Saturday, April 6, 2013, 7pm - 9pm

Based on an essay by the poet and activist Mark O'Brien, The Sessions is the story of a man in an iron lung who decides to lose his virginity. He enlists his therapist and priest's help to contact a sex surrogate.

"The Sessions is a heartfelt dramatic comedy that addresses the erotic longings of a disabled man. Director Lewin, a polio survivor, knows precisely how to tell this story, and he's aided by stunning performances. John Hawkes pours himself into the role of Mark. Lying immobile throughout the film in a bed, a gurney or a respirator, he delivers a humane, soaring performance. Mark's body is atrophied, but his wit is electric and his soul is expansive and poetic. Mark has the serendipity to meet Cheryl (Helen Hunt), a compassionate sex surrogate. Their encounters are shot frankly, clinical at first but with an increasingly warm sensuality that never feels exploitative. Consistently surprising, this is a crowd-pleaser of the finest sort." - Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune.