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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 & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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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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A runaway couple go on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call "The Leisure Seeker", travelling from Boston, Massachusetts to The Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West, Florida. 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 end.

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A Once in a Lifetime Roadtrip They Will Never Forget


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Rated R for some sexual material | See all certifications »
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This movie reunited Writer and Director Paolo Virzì with Producers Fabrizio Donvito, Benedetto Habib, and Marco Cohen from the Indiana Production Company, since their collaboration on Human Capital (2013) and Like Crazy (2016), which also won many festival awards. See more »

Goofs

Various locales throughout Key West and the Florida Keys are used as locations along the Atlantic coastal states (i.e., Key West's Higgs Beach is a stand-in for a locale outside the state). Key West's South Roosevelt Boulevard and its adjacent Smathers Beach are also used as a locale somewhere on the Florida mainland. In addition, numerous scenes that are supposed to take place in Key West actually were filmed in Bahia Honda State Park, Big Pine Key, and other areas in the Lower Keys (i.e, Fisherman's Hospital - which is prominently shown as being in Key West - is located nearly 30 miles away in Big Pine Key). The RV park also shown is quite clearly at Bahia Honda State Park as the closest RV park to Key West - Boyd's RV Campground - has no water access, though on screen their RV is parked right at the water's edge. A scene where the leads get on a trolley ride through Key West also clearly begins at the Welcome Center at Bahia Honda State Park, roughly 37 miles away from Key West proper, though in the next shot, the trolley is in Key West. (Electrically-powered and propane-powered vehicles such as tourist trolleys would never be allowed to go over the Florida Keys' many bridges and highways, nor would anyone wish to do so, as said vehicles have little in the way of shock absorption.) See more »

Quotes

John Spencer: Is that really you, Ella?
Ella Spencer: Of course it's me! Who are you?
John Spencer: I'm me! John.
Ella Spencer: No, you're not. My John is a young teacher. It's charming. Very handsome. Educated. I want him back. You stole him from me and want you to give him back.
John Spencer: Oh boy, if I could I would. He was stolen from me, and was stolen from you too.
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Connections

References A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Lonely as Lonely Can Be
Written by Francisco Rodriguez (as F. Rodriguez), Marc Ferrari (as M. Ferrari), Matt Hirt (as M. Hirt)
(c) (p) Red Engine Music, Revision West
Licensed by Universal Music Publishing Ricordi S.r.l.
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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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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 January 2018 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Spokane, Washington, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$3,226,443

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,472,180
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2.39 : 1
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