The Leisure Seeker
January 18, 2018
| 112 minutes
Directed by: Paolo Virzì
| Written by: Michael Zadoorian, based on his novel
Based on Michael Zadoorian's novel, "The Leisure Seeker". The story follows a well-to-do retired couple - John and Ella Spencer (Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren) - as they 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, since both Ella and John harbor illness and secrets from each other.
Cast: Helen Mirren (Ella), Donald Sutherland (John), Kirsty Mitchell (Jennifer Ward), Christian McKay (Will), Mark Ashworth (Angry Young Driver), Robert Walker Branchaud (Policeman), Joshua Hoover (Ticket Seller), Robert Pralgo (Phillip), Chelle Ramos (Nurse Marcia), Elijah Marcano (Kid), Lindsey Moser (Clerk), David Silverman (Male Camper), John Archer Lundgren (Care center resident), Mylie Stone (Emily), Helen Abell (Farm Wife), Karen Valero (Cuban Nurse), Matt Mercurio (Evan the Receptionist), Ahmed Lucan (Attendant), Marty Eli Schwartz (Texan), Scott Lomas (Mechanic), Doug Stroup (Professor), Carlos Guerrero (Second Doctor), Raul Colon (Pedestrian), Jacob Cooper (Close Friend / College Student), Joe Hardy Jr. (Member of Staff), Tyler J. Shaw (Pedestrian), William Walker (Professor / Mourner), Gregory French (Professor / Funeral Patron), Carl Bradfield (Old Man 1), Gabriella Cila (Chantal), Lucy Catharine Haskill (Female Camper), Nicholas Barrera (Guillermo Ray), Marc Fajardo (Terry), Turillis Grier (Nurse)
“The Leisure Seeker” reunited director Paolo Virzì with producers Fabrizio Donvito, Benedetto Habib, and Marco Cohen from the Indiana Production Company, since their collaboration in “Human Capital” and “Like Crazy” which also won many festival awards. It is also the director’s first film shot solely in English. Sutherland and Mirren had previously collaborated as a married couple in the Phillip Borsos directed China-set saga, “Bethune: The Making of a Hero”, and this is their first film together for 27 years. Principal photography for the film began in July 2016 in Atlanta, where the crew’s cars were damaged on set by flooding. Filming also took place in Stone Mountain and Dunwoody, Georgia. Other important scenes included Jekyll Island, Georgia, US 1 in Key West and the Hemingway House in Key West, Fla. Fisherman’s Hospital is located in Marathon, Florida.
Awards and Nominations for Helen Mirren
★ Golden Globe – Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
★ Women’s Image Network Award – Outstanding Actress Feature Film