WINTER’S BONE
2010, Roadside Attractions, 100 min, USA, Dir: Debra Granik

17-year-old Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) sets out to track down her meth-dealing father who put the family house up for his bail bond and then disappeared. If she fails, Ree, her invalid mother and her two younger siblings will be turned out into the Ozark woods. Challenging her outlaw kin’s code of silence and risking her life, Ree hacks through the lies, evasions and threats offered up by her relatives and begins to piece together the truth. Nominated for four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actress (Lawrence).


THE SESSIONS
2012, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 95 min, USA, Dir: Ben Lewin

Starring Helen Hunt in her Oscar nominated role for Best Supporting Actress and Academy Award nominees John Hawkes and William H. Macy, THE SESSIONS is a triumphant true story about love, sex, desire...and making every breath count. Paralyzed and confined to an iron lung since childhood, poet-journalist Mark O’Brien (Hawkes) has overcome adversity time and time again. But now, at age 38, he faces his toughest challenge yet: losing his virginity. With the help of a beautiful therapist (Hunt), a sympathetic priest (Macy), and his own unbridled sense of optimism and humor, Mark embarks on an extraordinary personal journey to discover the wondrous pleasures that make life worth living.


THE SESSIONS
2012, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 95 min, USA, Dir: Ben Lewin

Poet and journalist Mark O'Brien (John Hawkes) has been confined to an iron lung for most of his life due to his crippling bout with polio as a child. At 38, he decides that it's time to lose his virginity, an endeavor he pursues under the counsel of his priest (William H. Macy), and with the help of sex surrogate Cheryl (Helen Hunt). The journey that ensues is moving, funny and inspiring in this Sundance Film Festival favorite based on O'Brien's true story.


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