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The Leisure Seeker (2017)

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A runaway couple go on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker.

Director:

Paolo Virzì

Writers:

Michael Zadoorian (novel), Stephen Amidon (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Mirren ... Ella Spencer
Donald Sutherland ... John Spencer
Christian McKay ... Will Spencer
Janel Moloney ... Jane Spencer
Dana Ivey ... Lillian
Dick Gregory ... Dan Coleman
Leander Suleiman ... Stuckey's Woman
Ahmed Lucan ... Stuckey's Man
Gabriella Cila ... Chantal
David Silverman ... Pennsylvania Campground Man (as David Marshall Silverman)
Lucy Catharine Haskill ... Pennsylvania Campground Woman (as Lucy Catherine Haskill)
Joshua Hoover ... Colonial Town Ticket Seller
Kirsty Mitchell ... Jennifer
Mylie Stone ... Emily
Helen Abell ... Farm Woman
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Storyline

A runaway couple go on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker, traveling from Boston to The Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West. They recapture their passion for life and their love for each other on a road trip that provides revelation and surprise right up to the very end.

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A Once in a Lifetime Roadtrip They Will Never Forget


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual material | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 January 2018 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Vacation of our lives See more »

Filming Locations:

Spokane, Washington, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,226,443

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,472,180
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The film is based on the 2009 novel of the same name by Michael Zadoorian. See more »

Goofs

When Ella and John toast champagne in the hotel, John's glass is half bubbly foam just before they lock arms, then seconds later when they drink the toast the wine in the glass is smooth (like Ella's). See more »

Quotes

Ella Spencer: [on phone] Go to Lillian and tell her something.
Jane Spencer: [turns toward Lillian, sitting on sofa] Mom, Lillian's...
Ella Spencer: Tell her she's the dirtiest whore on earth.
Jane Spencer: What did you say?
Ella Spencer: No, in the universe. The biggest whore in the whole universe.
[hangs up]
Will Spencer: So what's happening?
Jane Spencer: Nothing. Everything's fine.
Lillian: But where are they?
Jane Spencer: I have no idea, but Mom seems very... energized. And she sends her love to you, Lillian.
[...]
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Connections

References A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Guglielmo Ratcliff: Ratcliff's Dream
Music by Pietro Mascagni, libretto by Andrea Maffei
(c) Casa Musicale Sonzogno, Milan
Performed by Symfonický orchester Slovenského rozhlasu (as Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra)
Conducted by Ondrej Lenard
(p) Courtesy of NAXOS Deutschland
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A great film about the pain of getting old
23 April 2018 | by Figgy66-915-598470See all my reviews

23 April 2018

First film of choice at The Plaza Dorchester tonight - The Leisure Seeker. Yes, it was a slow film but it totally suited the subject and I feel provides food for thought. Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland seemed an odd couple to put together, but this worked. A very credible southern accent and a non-stop chatter actually endeared me to Helen Mirren's character, she has a lot to put up with but the deep seated love for her husband made her carry on and gave her that strength to provide the support for her confused spouse. Wonderful performances in this tender film about the pressures of ageing with an ailing body or an ailing mind. Donald Sutherland plays John who suffers from memory loss and most the time lives happily in a world of his own. Helen Mirren Is Ella who has a tumour and doesn't want to go to treatment she's been checked before. Unbeknownst to their children they then take off in their ancient Winnebago nicknamed The Leisure Seeker. Following the road south to the Florida Keys, they relive their lives through forgotten memories and new discoveries and both relearn and forget things. Many reviews have not been very good for this film, indeed one particular one stated 'two great actors in dead-end roles. What I feel these people have failed to see that this is a story about how ordinary people deal with extraordinary things going on in their lives, it doesn't matter who the stars are, this can happen to anyone, who of us doesn't know someone suffering with memory loss or terminal diseases. This film had moments of humour especially as we witness confusion experience by John as he repeatedly forgot where he was or who he was with. However, we shouldn't feel guilty about laughing at such moments. Laughter can be a good remedy for the helplessness that must wash over you as you face such situations. A very moving and thought provoking film.


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