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‘Sessions’ director strives for emotional realism in true story

BY GEORGE LANG Published: November 23, 2012
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Writer-director Ben Lewin was randomly surfing the Web, looking for stories worth telling, when he found a late-1980s magazine article titled “On Seeing a Sex Surrogate” written by Mark O’Brien, a quadriplegic journalist and poet who spent much of his adult life in an iron lung after contracting polio as a child. Lewin, a polio survivor, said he was deeply moved by the story, and soon began the process of making his latest film, “The Sessions.”

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