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Film Reviews: Headhunters (2011) and The Sessions (2012)

Two odd films...

Headhunters (2011). Directed by Morten Tyldum and based on the novel by Jo Nesbø. The film centres around Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie), Norway's most successful headhunter. Roger has some secrets though. Firstly, he can't afford his expensive home and wife. Secondly, he steals art to barely keep up with his expenses. When Roger steals a piece of art from someone he's trying to headhunt it all goes wrong. Headhunters is an odd film. After a fairly slow introduction the story starts to get more and more unhinged, to the point where you wonder what can happen next! Albeit in the context of a real life drama. That was about all that kept me watching. If you like bizarre, foreign, and somewhat bloody drama then it's just about worth a spin. 3/5 (Average)

The Sessions (2012). Directed by Ben Lewin and based on an autobiographical essay by Mark O'Brien. The film centres around Mark O'Brien (John Hawkes), who has been crippled by Polio. Mark has to spend half his day in an iron lung, and the rest of the day near a respirator. He has to be cared for almost 24/7 because he is only able to move his neck, head, and facial muscles. Along with being a cantankerous soul, he is a Catholic, and spends a lot of time confessing his sins to the local priest (William H Macy). At the age of 38 he is still a virgin, and he decides to try and do something about it. As with anything autobiographical The Sessions has a particularly fascinating edge to it. John Hawkes is incredible in the lead, in what is a difficult role to say the least. The accompanying cast, including the rather odd looking (did she have plastic surgery?) and very naked Helen Hunt, are all excellent. All-in-all a both uplifting and sad tale, with a wonderful splash of honesty. Recommended for those who like autobiographical stories and who can cope with the nudity. 4/5 (Good)
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