Film review – Good Luck to You, Leo Grande (2022)

Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

Sex in cinema is almost as old as cinema itself, and intrinsically tied to the history and evolution of filmmaking. This is hardly surprising given how much sex (or the absence of it) is core to personal identity and how humans relate to each other. And of course there is immense visual pleasure in viewing representations of sexual behaviour, whether it be hints of sensuality or graphic and explicit acts, depending on individual tastes and preferences. But of course just as there has always been sex in cinema, there has also always been various waves of backlashes against films that depict physical desire. These anti-sex-on-screen arguments nearly always embody a puritanical or squeamish attitude that mostly miss the point, adopting an all-or-nothing mindset demanding to know why must sex be shown in films at all, rather than engaging with the far more interesting and useful discussion about how sex should be shown on screen. There are legitimate questions to be asked about what bodies and desires have traditionally been privileged in cinema, sometimes at the expense of much broader representation. Fortunately Good Luck to You, Leo Grande not only asks such questions, but it does so in a way that is frank, fun and endearing.

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