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Leisure Seeker, The (2018, Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland)



In romance drama The Leisure Seeker, 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.

production details
France – Italy | 112 minutes | 2018
Director: Paolo Virzì
Script: Michael Zadoorian, Stephen Amidon, Francesca Archibugi, Paolo Virzì, Francesco Piccolo,

Helen Mirren as Ella Spencer
Donald Sutherland as John Spencer
Mark Ashworth as Angry Young Driver
Christian McKay as Will Spencer
Kirsty Mitchell as Jennifer Ward
Joshua Mikel as Gas Station Attendant
Janel Moloney as Jane Spencer
Dana Ivey as Lillian
Robert Pralgo as Phillip
Chelle Ramos as Nurse Marcia
Joshua Hoover as Ticket Seller
Ahmed Lucan as Attendant
Mylie Stone as Emily Ward
Dick Gregory as Dan Coleman
Gabriella Cila as Chantal
Robert Walker Branchaud as Policeman
William Walker as Professor / Mourner (uncredited)