Good Luck to You, Leo Grande is a highly realistic depiction of sexual relationships—the act and the emotions. Perhaps that’s what makes the movie so original. We rarely see sex on screen that isn’t orgasmic and prefaced with fears and doubts. Nor do we see the stories of those unable to act on their desire; whether that’s the result of internalising societal messages about who should and shouldn’t have sex; or relationships’ power dynamics that prevent a person from asking for what they want. If you’ve ever struggled to overcome a less-than-sex-positive view of sex, this feature will make you feel seen, regardless of how much younger you are than the film’s 60-something-year-old lead, Nancy Stokes. While the movie is centred around Nancy’s goal to have her first orgasm, it explores so many other ideas, including the precarity of sex work, self-acceptance, and ageism.
If you’re in the mood to watch something wholesome, enlightening, and calming, then Good Luck to You, Leo Grande is a great way to spend 1hr 37 minutes of your life.