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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.


Paolo Virzì


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





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


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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A Once in a Lifetime Roadtrip They Will Never Forget

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual material | See all certifications »



Italy | France



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 »


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€1,225,203 (Italy), 21 January 2018, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$113,708, 11 March 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,226,443, 5 July 2018
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


It stars Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren, for the first time acting together since the 1990 film Bethune: The Making of a Hero (1990). See more »


Early in the film, just before John veers into the next lane to avoid a collision, Ella's purse and other items are clearly visible on the ledge above the dashboard. As he strives to correct his steering, it looks like something may have flown out the open window. The purse no longer appears in the next and subsequent frames (leading this viewer to believe that the lost bag would be an essential plot device). However, the purse is clearly in Ella's possession when they make their next stop. See more »


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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References A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) See more »


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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21 January 2018 | by dnrteuerSee all my reviews

I saw this at an AARP pre-screening and found it to be funny and poignant. The entire audience, composed of young and old people, laughed aloud and applauded often throughout the film. Why? Because the topic, situations presented, and dialogue resonated with experiences common to the lives of everyone watching.

The film addresses topics not often seen in films: intimate loving relationships and romance in the elderly, Alzheimer's, end-of-life issues and family dynamics involved, dying with dignity, personal choice, euthanasia and suicide. There is no preachiness; the viewers are respectfully left with an emotional invitation to reflect upon these issues for themselves. Remarkably, this is done with humour and grace, without self pity or undue sentimentality. The film is not Hollywood glitzy, it may even seem a bit drab at times, but this is part of why it rings true and makes the film work. Everything from the couple's home and basement, the RV they run off in, the campgrounds they stay in, and the nursing home they visit - all of it, remarkably familiar to most Americans. We are being asked to think about extraordinary issues relating to ordinary lives, similar to those we all lead, and it seems that this less glossy calling card works. This approach is also supported by the beautifully nuanced performances given by Mirren and Southerland as they let us into their world of romance, aging, family, incurable illness, and end-of-life choices, all while travelling the landscape of US Route #1.

From start to closing credits, group laughter, applause, and cheering revealed a palpable comradery among the audience members, which told volumes about how well the film accomplished its goal of raising awareness of important emotional, personal, social issues while still offerring an enjoyable night at the movies. I hope you have an opportunity to see it.

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