The Leisure Seeker


Saturday, Nov. 4 at 6:45pm
Plaza Frontenac Cinema

The first film in English by Italian director Paolo Virzi (“Human Capital”), "The Leisure Seeker" — which debuted at the Venice film fest — tells the story of a runaway couple going on an unforgettable cross-country journey in their vintage camper. Seriously ill Ella (Academy Award® winner Helen Mirren) and Alzheimer’s-afflicted John (two-time Golden Globe winner Donald Sutherland) are fleeing the suffocating care of their doctors and grown children. He is distracted but strong; she is frail but sharp. Their journey aboard the faithful old camper they call the Leisure Seeker takes them from Boston to Key West. Sharing moments of exhilaration and anguish, they recapture their passion for life and their love for one another on a road trip that provides revelation and surprise. Calling the film “a consoling, teary-funny road trip comedy about an ageing couple who realise their days — of living independently, at least — are numbered,” London’s Telegraph observes: “The canon of Alzheimer’s films doesn’t lack for performances piled up with compassion and fine-grained observation, from ‘Iris’ all the way to ‘Still Alice.’ But as their faded Winnebago wends its way to the coast, Ella and John show there’s room for two more.”

112 min.

Directed by

Paolo Virzì

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