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Film review

Polio victim’s sexual initiation is nice, slight story

Helen Hunt and John Hawkes star in “The Sessions,” about a paralyzed man yearning for physical intimacy. (Fox Searchlight)
Helen Hunt and John Hawkes star in “The Sessions,” about a paralyzed man yearning for physical intimacy. (Fox Searchlight)
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Given that it’s based on the true story of a man with polio who spends most of his time in an iron lung, “The Sessions” is not as painfully heavy-handed as it might sound. And given that it’s about this man’s nervous attempts to lose his virginity at age 38, it’s also not as obnoxiously wacky as it might sound. Instead, “The Sessions” occupies a safe gray area somewhere in the middle. It has some ...

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