John Hawkes (Winter's Bone) is real-life poet and journalist Mark O'Brien. Completely paralyzed by polio from a young age, Mark is asked to write a magazine article on sex and the handicapped. While interviewing sex-positive people in wheelchairs, Mark realizes something's missing in his life. So he contacts a professional sex surrogate (Helen Hunt), and works on losing his virginity. Hawkes offers up an incredible physical performance, and Hunt proves fearless in her comeback role. The plot is simple, but the story of love, sex, intimacy and connection is an affecting one. 95 minutes R.
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