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Concupiscence. 4.5 / 5

Directed by Sophie Hyde.

Nancy Stokes doesn’t know good sex. Whatever it may be, Nancy, a retired schoolteacher, is pretty sure she has never had it, but she is determined to finally do something about that.

A really welcome surprise, this reassuring comedy is full of warmth with two exceptional performances at its core.

The chemistry of Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack oozes off the screen feeling naturalistic as we see these two opposite characters slowly warm to each other, becoming comfortable in their company.

Thompson challenges stereotypes in a confident and intimate performance that will go down as one of her best. While McCormack effortlessly delivers charisma as the titular character that boasts conviction despite holding those in his life away at arm's length.

Katy Brand's dialogue flows so naturalistically between the two leads and Sophie Hyde's direction keeps the limited location feeling fresh yet familiar.

An enthusiastic and sexy film that packs genuine heart and isn't afraid to make itself heard.

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