Good Luck To You, Leo Grande

Good Luck To You, Leo Grande
Date: 17/01/2023 Times: 7:30 pm - 9:05 pm

Good Luck to You, Leo Grande is a film about a woman, played by Emma Thompson, who is looking for sexual experience after a long, unsatisfying marriage. She hires a young sex worker, played by Daryl McCormack, and meets him in a hotel on several occasions, for some of what she’s missed out on. The film could easily have been packaged up as the kind of feel-good feminist power anthem that privileges personal liberation above all. But screenwriter Katy Brand, a regular on the British comedy circuit, hasn’t settled for easy sentiment. Empowerment is only one piece of the puzzle, which together forms a refreshingly nuanced portrait of sex work, desire and self-perception.

Thompson has always done flummoxed like no other, and Good Luck to You, Leo Grande isn’t any different. But less expected from the actor is the harshness that creeps into her voice at certain moments. Who exactly is this woman outside this room? Beyond this conversation? We’re left to wonder. She has a Golden Globe Award Best Actor nomination for her performance. Daryl McCormack, meanwhile, does a sublime job of essentially playing two characters: the self-assured and chivalrous Leo Grande, and the man who lives behind him. We’re offered only the smallest of glimpses.

Good Luck To You, Leo Grande

Year: 2022

Country: UK

Cert: 15

Duration: 97 mins

Dir: Sophie Hyde

'An almost perfect movie'

Venue: William Loveless Hall