LIBERAL ARTS and THE SESSIONS Open Friday 11/16

Based on the poignantly optimistic autobiographical writings of California-based journalist and poet Mark O’Brien, THE SESSIONS tells the story of a man confined to an iron lung who is determined – at age 38 – to lose his virginity. With the help of his therapists and the guidance of his priest, he sets out to make his dream a reality. Tender, funny, and touching, THE SESSIONS provides an acting showcase for its talented stars and proves it’s possible for Hollywood to produce a grown-up movie about sex. Stars Helen Hunt, William Macy and John Hawkes. trailer

Newly single and uninspired by his job in college admissions, the introverted Jesse lives with his head buried in a book. His deep nostalgia for his own alma mater in Ohio – the dining halls and dorm rooms, the parties and poetry seminars – makes him wonder if his best days are behind him. So when his favorite professor invites him back to campus to speak at his retirement dinner, Jesse jumps at the chance. Meeting Zibby – a precocious classical music-loving sophomore – awakens in Jesse long-dormant feelings of possibility and connection. — (C) Official Site trailer

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