TIFF 2017 Movie Review: THE LEISURE SEEKER (USA 2017)

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2017. Go to TIFF 2017 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

The Leisure Seeker Poster

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)


Helen MirrenDonald SutherlandKirsty Mitchell

Oscar winner Helen Mirren (THE QUEEN) and Donald Sutherland star as an elderly couple looking for adventure on one (romantic?) final road trip. Ella (Mirren) is dying of cancer.

Her husband, John (Sutherland) is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. As the film opens, their son and daughter discover that their parents have taken off with THE LEISURE SEEKER (the name of their camper), on a last road trip.

Ella nor John is interested in quietly fading away surrounded by nurses and machines just to needlessly prolong a winnowing life. They travel from Boston to Florida (some nice scenery on display) with John behind the wheel. The film is based on the novel by Michael Zadoorian with Italian director Virzi at the helm. But as a film, there is too many issues tackled.

Everything that one can think about growing old is in the film and covered unfortunately in a cliched manner. Director Virzi acts like a traffic cop ushering these issues in an out. The incidents like the traffic comes and goes, none too memorable, and quite boring too, just as the job of directing traffic.

The result is another old farts fantasy film about old people reminiscing or trying to be young again.

Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gd5LWTvMy4U



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