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THE SESSIONS

THE SESSIONS artwork

THE SESSIONS

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 94m 53s

Release date 18/01/2013

BBFCInsight Contains strong sex and sex references

Genre(s) Comedy, Drama

Director(s) Ben Lewin

Cast includes John Hawkes, Helen Hunt

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 08/01/2013

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE SESSIONS is a US drama based on the real-life story of poet and journalist Mark O'Brien, who was severely physically disabled after contracting polio during childhood. The film focuses on a period in his adult life in which he hired a sex therapist called Cheryl to assist him in losing his virginity and experiencing sexual relations.

Sex

The focus of the film is the series of sex therapy sessions that take place between Mark and Cheryl. There are some strong verbal references to sexual activities, but they are generally clinical and matter-of-fact rather than crude or titillatory. Scenes of sexual activity feature nudity and sight of the pair in sexual positions, but there is no explicit detail and the focus is on the difficulties caused by Mark's disabilities and on the caring manner in which Cheryl seeks to overcome these obstacles.

There is also a single use of strong language ('f**k'), as well as some milder bad language.

Details

Title
THE SESSIONS
Year
2012
Distributor(s)
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Classified date(s)
19/09/2012
Main language
English
Submitted run time
94m 53s
Approved footage
8539+8
BBFC reference
AFF294142
Registration number
CFJ27044

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