Fifth about The Seventh

Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

Good Luck to You, Leo Grande: while Sophie Hyde’s sex dramedy is ostensibly about the sexual awakening of a middle-aged widow, it touches so much more. Essentially a two-hander doing a lot of talking and a few other things, their conversations deal with intimacy, power relations, and, above all, acceptance of self and the other. The dialogue is frank and non-judgemental without being explicit; it’s not earth-shattering material, but it doesn’t need to be. Emma Thompson has the range to play this role and back, and she is excellent: going from insecure to confident is far from an easy or constant process, and she nails every little curve of the way. Daryl McCormack is also quite effective as the young sex professional: a smooth, comforting, good-looking man who is, by nature of his work, layered, his performance allows glimpses into his deep self. As the focus is on the performers, the film is competently but unremarkably made: Bryan Mason doubles up as cinematographer and editor and gets the job done.

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