By Solvej Schou
Updated October 17, 2012 at 01:30 PM EDT
  • Movie

In The Sessions, out in theaters Friday, John Hawkes plays sweetly loving and utterly virginal real-life poet and writer Mark O’Brien, who was paralyzed from the neck down due to polio. He takes it upon himself to lose his virginity in a very unusual way, through sessions with a smiling blonde therapeutic sex surrogate, played by Helen Hunt.

Check out this exclusive clip from the movie below:

“Next time we’ll start to work on intercourse. Were you afraid at the thought of seeing me?” says Hunt, fully clothed, post one of the pair’s sessions, as Hawkes lays flat in bed, naked, staring up. “I was terrified,” says Hawkes.

Later on, Hawkes shyly asks, “Tell me something about yourself. Anything.” Hunt, still smiling, while putting on a sweater, demures, “Okay, um, I’m a very private person. I have a private life. I need you to be aware of that. That’s about it. This therapy is about you.”

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The Sessions

  • Movie
  • R
  • 95 minutes