Based on the autobiographical writings of California-based journalist and poet Mark O'Brien, tells the story of a man confined to an iron lung who is determined--at age 38--to lose his virginity. With the help of his therapists and the guidance of his priest, he sets out to make his dream a reality
1hr 38min - Rated R - Drama MOVIE STARTS AT 7:35P, tickets are $11
Director: Ben Lewin - Cast: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood, Annika Marks - :
These are the facts, which the film shrewdly weaves throughout the story: O'Brien contracted polio at age 6, losing the use of pretty much everything below the waist and unable to live without artificial respiration for more than a few hours at a time. Rather than being sent to a nursing home, where life expectancy was 18 months, he was cared for by his parents, attended college on a self-propelled gurney and pursued a successful journalism career. Though his body was weakened, sensation remained, and after being assigned a series of interviews on sex and the disabled, he began to investigate the prospect of experiencing things for himself.
This film is already generating Oscar buzz for the amazing performances of the cast. This is the only theater in Chicago where it is still playing, don't miss seeing this movie on the big screen and sharing this journey with a group. We will stay after in the concession area for refreshments and a fascinating discussion!
We will meet in the theater at 7p to meet & greet, and get seated. Buy your ticket when you arrive, seats are not reserved. Just head to the last 2 rows of seats, this is the easiest way for our group to sit together. This is a smaller theater and the screen is large, we will be able to see fine. Look for Robin T with a Meetup sign.
Try to find street meter parking, even validation in the theater parking lot is around $16 for 4hrs. Or take public transportation.