A beautiful and compelling film, that tugs at your heart strings and brings tears to your eyes.
The film stars Helen Hunt, John Hawkes and William H. Macy.
The basic plot line is about a man, Mark O’Brien, who has an iron lung and wishes to lose his virginity. He is a quirky and interesting character that is based on a real life man who wrote an article that was found by the writer of the film, Ben Lewin. O’Brien seeks out advice from his priest, who acts as a guidance as a friends and therapist rather than a traditional Catholic priest. Mark finds a sex surrogate in order to do a serious of ‘body sensation’ exercises. Although the movie has some very confronting and possibly awkward naked scenes, the closeness and apathy felt for the characters makes you feel like you can relate to them directly and with the storyline.
I was touched by this film, it was wonderfully made, put together by a series of excellent characters, actors, humour and cinematic aesthetics.