The Leisure Seeker


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If ever there was a film that our dear old nanna would have enjoyed, it’s The Leisure Seeker. A two-hander between Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren, it follows the married couple as they head south in the 1971 RV they call (you guessed it) The Leisure Seeker. They’re travelling on Route 1 towards Ernest Hemingway’s House in Key West at a pace that will likely suit the audience for this gentle drama.

The couple are in the golden years of their lives, and the charm of this movie seems to lie in getting to know the characters as they rediscover something of themselves along the way.

Mirren and Sutherland look superb in the roles of Ella and John Spencer. The seasoned actors seem to revel in being allowed to explore a character at such a languid pace.

This is no thrill-a-minute road movie, but more one to enjoy on a Saturday afternoon, preferably followed by a snooze on the couch.

The bottom line
A solid, if unshowy, drama.

By Paul Clifford
Time Out Doha,

The Leisure Seeker

  • Duration: 112
  • Released: Thu, 01 Mar
  • Language: English
  • Director: Paolo Virzì
  • Stars: Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland, Janel Maloney

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