The Leisure Seeker

Genre:  Comedy, Drama
Running Time:  112 min.
Release Date:
March 16, 2018 - Toronto, Vancouver, Montréal
March 23, 2018 - Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Victoria, Waterloo
March 30, 2018 - Halifax
DVD: July 10, 2018

Current rating: Rating: 4.39
based on 38 votes and 13 reviews
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Cast: Donald Sutherland, Helen Mirren, Christian McKay, Dana Ivey


An elderly couple, both diagnosed with serious illnesses, decide to live their last days on the road instead of in a hospital. 

Ella (Helen Mirren) has incurable cancer. Her husband John (Donald Sutherland), a former high school English professor, is suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Ella opts to tune up the vintage Winnebago they've dubbed "The Leisure Seeker" and hit the highway, traveling from Boston to Florida. She lets John, who's not always sure what they're doing or where they're going, drive, but she assures him they're on a vacation.

They stop at diners and camp at trailer sites, on their way to Key West to visit the house where Ernest Hemingway — one of John's favorite writers — once lived.

Director: Paolo Virzi
Studio: Entertainment One
Producer(s): Marco Cohen, Fabrizio Donvito, Benedetto Habib
Screenplay: Stephen Amidon, Francesca Archibugi, Paolo Virzì, Francesco Piccolo

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  • 5 stars "Helen Miren and Donald Sutherland should both win awards for their performances. Although I had an inkling as to the outcome, it still came as a surprise. Another great movie with senior actors, just proves how great the greats are!"
  • 5 stars "A very poignant movie with excellent emotional overtones."
  • 4 stars "Perhaps younger people will not understand how sweet this movie is, but those approaching the end of life will relate to this with many nods & laughs. A tender movie about long lasting love with terrific acting."