Friday, August 16, 2013

1884 - The Sessions

I've been wanting to watch this for awhile, so bless you Netflix for providing it for me!  I'm a fan of anything that tackles sexual behaviour - I find it fascinating.  For those who don't know, this film is about a man who suffered polio and it largely confined to an iron lung.  Now 38 he seeks out the help of a sexual surrogate to help him get over his fears and insecurities.
Hunt and Hawkes are quite lovely together, and you buy their growing relationship.  Macy just a lovely bit as the priest who says that God would give him a "pass" on this pre-marital relations sex.
The humor is subtle and organic to the characters and situations.  Hawkes is charming pure and simple, and gives a full bodied performance using mostly just his face.  Delightful.
If I have a single complaint it's that the last stretch of the film was a bit rushed and anti-climatic.  All of a sudden the film just decided to wrap itself up a little bit too quickly.  I suppose they're following the true-life story - but there's a way to do that which doesn't hurt anyone, and entertains (even on a base level).
If you like stories about relationships and have a Netflix subscription - this one is a no brainer.

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