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Inspiration Trumps Limitations

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These characters overcame obstacles to shine on the big screenBy Jeff Michael ViceSpecial to MSN Movies"The Sessions," a sometimes comic drama that was a hit at this year's Sundance Film Festival, is based on the true story of Mark O'Brien, who became a quadriplegic after he contracted polio as a child. Occasional NPR contributor O'Brien may have lived most of his life in an iron lung, but he didn't let that stop him from experiencing as much of life as he could, and it didn't stop him from sharing those experiences in his prose and journalistic writings. And, as "The Sessions" notes, he decided he wanted to experience some of life's more, ahem, earthy pleasures as well. John Hawkes plays O'Brien, while Helen Hunt plays a sexual surrogate who helps him in this pursuit and William H. Macy co-stars as a sympathetic priest. Bing: More about 'The Sessions' | More on John HawkesWant more movies? Be sure to like MSN Movies on Facebook.'The Sessions' is out in theaters Oct. 19.(Fox Searchlight Pictures)
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