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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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Details

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

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 »

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 The Old Man and the Sea (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Soul Slap
Written by A.F. Parker, Madeline Bell (as M. Bell)
Performed by Alan Frederick Parker & Madeline Bell
(c) (p) Themes International/EMI Music Publishing S.r.l.
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A celebration of life at one of its significant junctures
12 June 2018 | by biisutoSee all my reviews

Fugitive, 70-something grey nomads John (Sutherland) and Ella (Mirren) dust off their old Winnebago for one last trip, to visit the Florida Keys and the home of Ernest Hemingway. John is a retired literary professor and Ella has always wanted to take him there. Their disappearance scares the hell out of their grownup kids who, while pleading with them on the phone to come home, vacillate between respecting their wishes and calling the cops on their irresponsible parents.

THE LEISURE SEEKER is an at times funny, at times poignant, perhaps even confronting but also very real tale of what's waiting for us all as we near the end of our respective journeys. The film is a study of 'memento mori' and a pretty honest exploration of the gradually diminishing range of options as age and failing health catches up and overtakes even those not quite ready to call it a day.

Although it evoked a strong emotional response from the reviewing audience, it didn't feel either glib or particularly dark or depressing. Rather, it played as the celebration of a family's unembellished life and their enduring and at times conflicted love for one another.


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