Phoenix Clouden’s review published on Letterboxd:
"You're not paying for the truth though, you're paying for the fantasy."
A sex positive and body positive charmer replete with the incandescent Emma Thompson in one of her finest roles, but truly the woman could play lint and be compelling, and the way too hot Daryl McCormick who...just could...like...call me... like anytime 😊.
This film is a mostly secluded story about two individuals coming to terms with who they are, what they want, and what they've been denied all while in the midst of having sex. Nancy is trying to overcome her sexual repression while Leo is struggling to accept his mother's rejection.
The thing I love the most about this film is it approaches sex in an adult way. It shows its fluidity, the necessity of pleasure, and the respect for one's partner. I mean, there's a scene where they each ask permission to touch parts of each other's bodies and I swear, consent has never looked so damn hot. But I love that this film doesn't shame. It doesn't shame the sex worker or the work they do. It doesn't shame the older woman for seeking responsible pleasure or for her age or figure. It doesn't shame sex whether it be for educational purposes or for pleasure.
It finds the time to make both the elderly sagging woman and the very in shape young man feel both insecure and powerful. It knows that sex is nothing to be ashamed of. This movie is the version of 'The talk' our parents tried to give us. Maybe, at our age, it's time we listen.