Emma Thompson seeks sex and understanding in "Good Luck to You, Leo Grande"
Good Luck to You, Leo Grande stars Emma Thompson as a 60-plus widow seeking sexual satisfaction and Daryl McCormack as her 20-something lover for hire.
Starring Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack. Written by Katy Brand. Directed by Sophie Hyde. Streaming on Amazon Prime (Canada) and Hulu (U.S.). 97 minutes. R
Astute, funny, sexy and brave, Sophie Hyde’s two-hander of lust for hire brilliantly pairs Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack (TV’s “Peaky Blinders”) for sex-positive — and life-questioning — hotel trysts between a 60-plus widow and the 20-something lover she’s engaged.
Thompson’s ruffled Nancy craves the bedroom satisfaction she lacked in 31 years of marriage, but hang-ups persist; McCormack’s smooth Leo thinks he’s got it all figured out, but maybe not. Katy Brand’s screenplay sparkles, avoiding Hollywood clichés as both sides of this sexual exploration talk and act like real people rather than stereotypes.
The ending, already much talked about, ranks as one of the most courageous cinematic moments ever. 🌓
(This review originally ran in the Toronto Star.)