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Has anyone here seen this? It's still playing at the movies here, and I went to see it today without knowing anything about it beforehand.

I'm pretty conflicted about how I feel about it. On the one hand, I enjoyed/appreciated the fact that the main character is an older woman (Emma Thompson) and I related to her character quite a bit. On the other hand, it was very "sex work is work", and it made me a bit uncomfortable in that way. If I knew that it was a main theme before i probably wouldn't have chosen to see it.

Has anyone here seen this? It's still playing at the movies here, and I went to see it today without knowing anything about it beforehand. I'm pretty conflicted about how I feel about it. On the one hand, I enjoyed/appreciated the fact that the main character is an older woman (Emma Thompson) and I related to her character quite a bit. On the other hand, it was very "sex work is work", and it made me a bit uncomfortable in that way. If I knew that it was a main theme before i probably wouldn't have chosen to see it.

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I haven't seen it but i found this interview with Emma Thompson about the movie interesting (16min)

I thought it was well made - I really enjoyed the fact that it was just two people in the same room and it still managed to be engaging.

BUT - I thought it was pretty insidious - was actually wondering whether some pro-prostitution lobby was funding it. I mean, it would have never worked if it was a male john with a female prostitute. By cutting down the creep factor, they got to sanitize the industry.

Also - both characters were actually really unrealistic. The woman was supposed to be from England, must have grown up in the 70s, yet she was extremely religious and prudish? How come?

And that gentle, intelligent, handsome, well-educated male prostitute who saw his work as a "public service"? Yeah, sure.

But - I did really enjoy the fact that the characters had really big trouble justifying what they're doing. They basically spent half the movie circling around the fact that it is all pretty icky.

I mean, it would have never worked if it was a male john with a female prostitute. By cutting down the creep factor, they got to sanitize the industry.

Yes! I was thinking the same while watching it. It was engaging, but also a bit creepy.

I didn't find Emma Thompson's character that unbelievable, there are women like that from every era. Made me think a bit of Many Whitehouse (clean up tv campaign in the 60s and 70s).