Sex and Film at Yale: A Review of “The Sessions”


First published: 11/18/2012

This is a film review from Patrice Bowman, who writes the newly revamped WEEKEND blog column: “The 21st Century through a Monochrome Lens: Re-examining Older Films.”

Although I can do without gratuitous sex scenes in my flicks, I congratulate “The Sessions,” an independent film by Ben Lewin, for attempting to do what many mainstream Hollywood pictures don’t do: approach sexual relations with the mature understanding of the emotional resonance the act has. Even as “The Sessions” stumbles in its fictionalizations of a true story, it encourages us to approach human sexuality in a healthy, respectful manner — a message more than appropriate in Yale’s uncertain sexual climate.

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