Good Luck to You, Leo Grande (2022)

Good Luck to You, Leo Grande (2022)

An excellent two-hander about sex work and aging

The Very Best

8.5

Movie

United Kingdom
English
Comedy, Drama, Romance
2022
FEMALE DIRECTOR, SOPHIE HYDE
Daryl McCormack, Emma Thompson, Isabella Laughland
97 min

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What it's about

Nancy Stokes doesn’t know good sex. Whatever it may be, Nancy, a retired schoolteacher, is pretty sure she has never had it, but she is determined to finally do something about that. She even has a plan: It involves an anonymous hotel room, and a young sex worker who calls himself Leo Grande.

The take

There are only two main characters in Good Luck to You, Leo Grande: Nancy, a retired teacher who was recently widowed, and Leo, an adept sex worker with a mysterious past. They're almost always in one place and work on a single goal: pleasure. But despite the seeming monotony, the movie is crackling with wit and sensuality every step of the way. It doesn't waste any time getting to the heart of the matter. Nancy and Leo go back and forth about their past, with Nancy divulging much about the stigma of aging and Leo about the stigma of sex work. They also dive into the shame attached to pleasure, ultimately revealing more than just their naked bodies to each other and to the audience.

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