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Emma Thompson Points to Oscar with Good Luck Leo Grande

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Sometimes, not always, the keys to directing a comedy are knowing where to articulate, or manipulate, the viewer. In which circumstance a line of dialogue said by an actor should have more or less effect also depends on the interpreter. Good in Good luck Big Leo filmmaker Sophie Hyde takes Katy Brand’s script and gives emma thompson probably the best role of his career.

And Thompson offers us one of the best performances we have seen of him, Howard’s mansion a what’s left of the daygoing by sanity and feelings.

Sure, those weren’t comedies, and Good luck Big Leo combines genre with drama.

Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack (from the series "Peaky Blinders") get naked, not just literally.  Photos BF Paris

Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack (from the series “Peaky Blinders”) get naked, not just literally. Photos BF Paris

Because a widowed, retired woman who has never known orgasm is serious business.

This is how Nancy arrives at the hotel room she booked. She seems restless, nervous, until there is a knock at the door. He is the Big Leo of the title, a handsome, well-mannered young man. A sex worker with whom, in different sessions -if Nancy gets over her shyness and dares- she will be able to experience pleasure.

Inhibitions not only sexual

Nancy and Leo: She hires him to have what she never had.

Nancy and Leo: She hires him to have what she never had.

That is what the film is about, inhibitions, but not only sexual ones, but, and much more importantly, about the mind, about Nancy’s conscience. Of her total person.

The dramatic comedy lasts no more than an hour and a half and there, locked within four walls, Nancy and Leo will talk, argue, get to know each other and bare their minds and, literally, their bodies.

Thompson, along with the actor from the series "Peakey Blinders".

Thompson, along with the actor from the series “Peakey Blinders”.

It’s that Nancy, a former teacher, never made love except with her late husband, and she has decided, although she mumbles that it seems absurd, to finally experiment. to feel She doesn’t have a lot of money, but she has a need for self-improvement. She is cultured, curious, well-intentioned and talkative. Very loquacious.

On the other side of the bed is Leo (Daryl McCormack, who plays Isaiah Jesus, from the band in the series Peaky Blinders), a sensitive man whom she hired online, and who is tolerant, kind, accommodating. We note that, in her short life as her companion, he has lived through everything, and if Nancy babbles about her, he will look at her sympathetically.

Emma already has two Oscars, one as an actress and the other as a screenwriter.  Facing a new Academy Award nomination?

Emma already has two Oscars, one as an actress and the other as a screenwriter. Facing a new Academy Award nomination?

But he knows what the purpose of the relationship is: it is a transaction. Nancy paid for something, and he will maintain his smile and manner to satisfy her. Of course, without forcing her to do anything.

Although Nancy has her list of sexual priorities.

Leo is kind, understanding and tolerant of his new client's confessions.

Leo is kind, understanding and tolerant of his new client’s confessions.

Unhappiness and her disappointments spill quickly from Nancy’s mouth and movements, and at times she feels to herself as if she were teaching an elementary school class. Sure, it’s a long time, and there are many years that she is older than Leo (neither is she called Nancy, nor is he Leo) and generational differences will also have to do with it, and they will do their thing.

Or not?

Thompson and McCormack make two magnificent contributions.

Thompson and McCormack make two magnificent contributions.

Good luck Big Leo It’s an acting movie, of course. And without these two magnificent contributions from Thompson -surely the next candidate for Oscar– and McCormack probably wouldn’t be talking about the same wonders. The tone between comedy and drama ends up turning towards the first, although the analysis of the importance of sex and relationships is there, said without a filter, like when one made a coffee and poured boiling water.

Here nothing boils, neither metaphorically nor literally, because everything is set at the right point so as not to burn yourself and enjoy a tasty and warm infusion.

“Good Luck Big Leo”

Very good

Dramatic comedy. United Kingdom, 2022. Original title: “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande”. 97′, SAM 16′. Of: Sophie Hyde. With: Emma Thompson, Daryl McCormack. Rooms: Hoyts Abasto, Cinemark Palermo, Hoyts Unicenter, Cinépolis Recoleta and Pilar, Showcase Belgrano and Norcenter.

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