Sex and the disabled is a minefield of a subject to tackle on screen and it is certainly a very difficult sell.
But due to Ben Lewin's sensitive direction and his cast's raw and powerful performances it makes this a compelling and surprisingly enjoyable watch.
The film is based on journalist and poet Mark O'Brien's article On Seeing A Sex Surrogate, in which he outlines his attempt to lose his virginity at the age of 38 at the hands of a professional. What makes his attempt unique is that he was left paralysed from the neck down by childhood polio and spent the majority of his time in an iron lung.
O'Brien is open and frank as he pours out his heart in an amusing yet moving way in his writing and the film does complete justice to his remarkable story.
John Hawkes gives the performance of his career as O'Brien who is also riddled with Catholic guilt and doubt. He confesses his intentions to his priest, played brilliantly by William H Macy, who tells him God will probably give him a free pass.
Oscar nominee Helen Hunt also gives an extraordinary performance as the sex surrogate.
Spending most of the time naked, hers is a very brave and exposed portrayal. Though unashamedly a film about sex The Sessions is funny, informative and heart-breaking. But what it isn't is titillating or voyeuristic. Guaranteed to blow you away.