Run time: 97 mins
Emma Thompson gives one of the finest performances of her career in this intelligent sex-positive comedy.
Nancy Stokes has lived a life of routine and regimen for nearly her entire existence. She has been a widow for two years, after 31 years of marriage to her husband. But she’s ready to change it all up. Leo Grande (Daryl McCormack) is a sex worker who Nancy hires to meet her in a hotel, but once Leo arrives at the door to her room, she immediately begins to questions her choice.
The film’s set up is alarmingly simple, but it’s within that simplicity that its rich ingredients come together. As brilliant as Thompson is, she’s perfectly matched by McCormack, delivering an emotionally-charged performance that’s just as vulnerable as hers. Their chemistry never wavers.
In a time when the studio-driven blockbuster is seemingly the only property that earns any monetary respect, it’s a pleasure to see a film like Leo Grande defy the demise of the smaller, adult-aimed genre. A smart, incisive look at two opposites forging a genuine human connection under the most unexpected of circumstances