Jerry O’Connell and Adam Arkin - Jerry O'Connell grabs a Bite from a hidden sandwich he kept in the back seat of his TV Show Vehicle. O'connell was filming his new show WE Are Men in Hollywood - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Tuesday 13th August 2013
By taking a sensitive, honest approach to this true story, breakthrough filmmaker Lewin both avoids sentimentality and keeps the focus on the inner lives of the central characters. He also somehow manages to make a movie about a sexual surrogate strongly involving: we are never even remotely tempted to giggle.
This is the story of Mark O'Brien (Hawkes), a journalist from Berkeley, California, who lives in an iron lung that he can only leave for a few hours a week. Paralysed from the neck down by polio as a young boy, Mark decides at age 38 that he wants to lose his virginity. Consumed by Catholic guilt about this desire, he consults his local priest (Macy), who says he deserves a pass on this one. So his no-nonsense assistant Vera (Bloodgood) finds him a surrogate in Cheryl (Hunt), who starts eight sessions that are designed to lead to sex. And as she gets to know Mark, Cheryl begins to let her guard down.
Lewin refuses to shy away from any aspect of this story, confronting everything in honest, sometimes uncomfortable ways that are never remotely sentimentalised. It would be easy to drift into syruppy schmaltz with this kind of material, but the script maintains a bracingly sharp wit, and the actors cleverly underplay every scene. This adds to the realism and helps us understand all of the people on-screen. Hawkes and Hunt are both transparent and revelatory, each in a difficult role that could have been much showier, but is stronger due to their restraint. Macy and Bloodgood are terrific as the sardonic supporting characters. And Marks (as another assistant) and Arkin (as Cheryl's understanding husband) add terrific layers to their much smaller roles.
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The Coen Brothers need little introduction, their career up to this point speaks for its self, they've directed some of the the 90's and 00'most memorable movies, including Fargo, The Big Lebowski and their most recent hit Burn After Reading. The duo now bring us A Serious Man, Larry Nidus is a good and loving man, a university professor with a wife and children. When his wife approaches Larry asking for a divorce without giving him a valid reason, it begins a downward spiral in his life. Larry learns his wife has a new partner and that he's also facing disciplinary proceedings at work following a series of anonymous letters accusing the professor of various treacheries Larry's life has seen better times. Not everyone's life has a silver lining, sometimes it really just is that bad.
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