The Sessions is the sort of indie drama that tackles an uncomfortably subject, but does it in a largely moving and well-handled manner. In this case, it's based on a true story of a severally disabled man and his adventures with a sex surrogate.
The story is blunt and unapologetic in its subject matter, giving it an honest and authentic feel. The script does a good job with its dialogue and placing its characters in settings that feel real. The script is given life by the strong performances from all of the actors involved, with John Hawkes having an especially impressive showing, forced to do all of his acting with face expressions. He brings a sort of nuance to the role that most actors wouldn't be able to match.
My big issue with The Sessions is that it's not consistently engaging. We are propelled right in to the life of Mark, with no real back-story to anchor us in his predicament. The life of Helen Hunt's character is never fully explored,but seems to offer some promise. The priest character is also not appropriately played out, we think his character arc is going somewhere, but we never see it to its fruition. There's simply not enough set up to sustain the story, and with a simplistic, character-driven story such as this, that's necessary.
Overall, despite some if its narrative problems, The Sessions still manages to offer a moving, and uniquely told tale, with a sort of frank honesty that the subject deserves.