Director: Ben Lewin
Starring: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy
Based on Mark O’Brien’s autobiographical essay, “On Seeing a Sex Surrogate”, the movie recounts the quest of a paralyzed journalist (John Hawkes) who has spent his entire adult life confined to an iron long. When he is commissioned to write an article on the sex life of the disabled he decides to experience a serious relationship with physical intimacy. On advice of his psychiatrist he seeks the help of a sex surrogate Cheryl (Helen Hunt) with the blessing of his close friend Father Bryan (William H. Macy). The results are laugh-out loud funny, heartfelt, and touching. The sex scenes are neither gratuitous nor coy, but honest depictions of uncertainty, vulnerability, and pleasure. Brilliant performances throughout and highly recommended.