2022 ( UK | USA ) ( Comedy, Drama )
Starring: Emma Thompson, Daryl McCormack, Isabella Laughland
Director: Sophie Hyde
Emma Thompson plays Nancy Stokes, a widow and retired religion education teacher who has endured a lifetime of erotic unfulfillment… until today. As the movie opens, Nancy is arriving at a featureless hotel room to meet the sex worker she has procured for the evening — a last-ditch attempt at finding out what she’s been missing for the past 35 years. Luckily, the male escort in question is Leo Grande, a dreamy-eyed, sensitive pleasure-giver played with silky self-confidence by newcomer Daryl McCormack.
Good Luck To You, Leo Grande is a rite-of-passage story made with humour and sensitivity, and hats off to Thompson, not to mention towelling robes, for fleetingly exposing her naked body to the viewing public. But nudity is not the point of this film. Nor, even, is sex. It is about emotional growth, and how we’re never too old to start.