Nancy Stokes, a recently widow, retired schoolteacher, doesn’t know good sex. Whatever it may be Nancy is pretty sure she has never had it, but she is determined to do something about that. Her plan involves a hotel room and an impossibly good-looking Irish sex worker: Leo Grande (Daryl McCormack). Leo is confident, dapper and takes pride in being good at his job.
Nancy has a checklist of things she’d like to try but struggles with being desperately self-conscious and inexperienced, and swerves Leo’s amorous advances, deflecting the young man by questioning him about his family and why he is working in his chosen profession.
This is an irresistible, impeccably acted comedy drama with great chemistry between the two leads.
Accessible screening with open captions. (English with English subtitles)
Director: Sophie Hyde
Cast: Emma Thompson, Dylan McCormack
Berlin International Film Festival 2022
Sundance Film Festival 2022
‘A refreshing, intelligent bedroom drama, Good Luck To You, Leo Grande is a quietly hilarious study on emotional and sexual intimacy carried by two powerhouse performances.‘’Stefania Sarrubba, Little White Lies
‘Hyde’s film is a psychological conversation piece titillated by the potential of sex... Thompson commits to revealing the full woman, quite literally… McCormack is fantastic.’Amy Nicholson, Variety
‘A touching little two-hander that does right by its title character.... it’s encouraging when a nice morsel of a movie like “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande” proves totally unafraid of looking at itself in the mirror.’David Ehrlich, IndieWire