The second edition of the Festival Internacional de Cine de Panama wrapped last week and for seven days offered Panamanians a taste of what is available cinematically besides Cruise and Cameron, Pirates and Potter.
Three major releases prominently featured sexually active disabled people. The explicit erotic scenes offered this year between nondisabled and disabled people mark a welcome step forward in how disability and sexuality are portrayed in popular culture
Going to a prostitute is like going to a restaurant. You choose what you want from the menu, you eat and you pay. With a surrogate, it's more like going to culinary school. You learn the recipes, you learn your way around the kitchen and then you go back to your life equipped with new skills.
Based on the true story of Mark O'Brien, a poet who spent much of his time in an iron lung, a result of childhood polio, The Sessions tells of his "first time" at age 38, thanks to the permission he gets from a Catholic priest and the expertise of a sexual surrogate.
As abstracted in Ben Lewin's film, The Sessions, Mark Obrien's tale is one of of a first-time sexual adventurer, launching himself into a world of intimacy he previously thought would be denied to him.
While The Sessions has a lot of comedic elements, it focuses on a very dramatic subject: a paralyzed polio survivor who hires a sexual surrogate to help him lose his virginity. Macy portrays a local parish priest who counsels Hawkes en route.