GOOD LUCK TO YOU, LEO GRANDE (#SUNDANCE2022)
An absolutely charming exploration of sex, body image, and self acceptance, Good Luck To You, Leo Grande rides the outstanding chemistry of its leads and a remarkably poignant script to success.
Retired schoolteacher Nancy (Emma Thompson) hires a young sex worker (Daryl McCormack) to in an attempt to explore her repressed sexual side, leading to more than just a good time. There is something remarkable about the simplicity of a film like Sophie Hyde’s Good Luck To You, Leo Grande that presents a refreshingly interesting human story without frills or excess. The setting, a hotel room with little other areas explored, serves as a sort of safe space for the intimate conversations to be had. Katy Brand’s script is genuine and heartfelt, brought to life through incredibly strong performances by the always wonderful Thompson and the dynamic McCormack. It can not be understated how quickly this film could have devolved into monotonous storytelling had it not been for the dazzling chemistry of those at the center of it.
For a seasoned actress like Thompson to tackle a role that demands such vulnerability, and for her to bring to it such authenticity, is truly a sight to behold; she figuratively and literally bares all. There is a beauty in the discussions between the characters that forces one’s own personal consideration of the life that they’ve lived, the walls we put up, and the power of human connection embedded in every exchange within the film. Good Luck To You, Leo Grande is a daring and exceptional film and, in my opinion, would make a great stage play.
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