Previously at the ICA - Films
18 Jan 2013 – 27 Jan 2013
An unlikely subject – the sex life of a quadriplegic – provides insights into the mind of a man unable to translate his emotions into physical responses. Himself incapacitated by polio, writer-director Lewin handles the subject frankly but with sensitivity and considerable humour. In casting Hawkes (Winter's Bone, Martha Marca May Marlene) as the 38-year-old obliged to spend half his life in an iron lung and the rest of it inert and horizontal, Lewin chose one of the most enigmatic actors of his generation. Meanwhile Helen Hunt gives one of the finest and arguably boldest performances of her venerable career as the sex therapist he hires to help him lose his virginity.
Dir Ben Lewin. Starring: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, USA 2012, 95 mins, cert 15.