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Plot: A runaway couple 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… Runtime: 112 min Release Date: 03 Jan 2018
Marvellously emotional movie about a truely loving old couple's final big journey (by WinstonNoCGI)
The English movie title is misleading, the German title is much better. It translates to: "Smouldering remembrance" there surely will be better translations, even more meeting the movie's true content .The movie is an emotional journey about an old couple that's been married for half a century. He once was a literate English teacher and she's been giving birth to two beloved children, who have their own families by now.The old couple's live has reached their final stage: He's suffering from Alzheimer disease and she's suffering from cancer. So they <more>
spontaneously decide to go on their last big trip, from Boston to Key West, to meet his lifetime wish of having visited The Ernest Hemingway Home once in his life - without telling their kids, who get anxiously concerned when they realize that their parents are not at home as they expected them to be.The trip that the old couple takes is a truely heart-warming story through their past. They take their old Winnebago and head out for Key West, revisiting not only the old camp sites they visited so often before but also revisiting stages of their life and their family, being aware that this will be the last big trip they will ever have together again.His dementia gives room for some funny moments but also for some truely sad. She attends him the best she can, but when they go back through their life, watching old slides on improvised personal slide shows they watch at their camp site stops, it's heartbreaking to realize that she will be losing him.The movie is a great emotional roller coaster ride of a beloved couple, of loving and anxious children and how our life may be like when it will have reached its final chapter.The movie is a so-called chick flick. Be prepared to have handkerchieves near at hand when watching it.Me and my girl friend had quite a few tears dropped while watching the movie. It may have affected us more than other viewers because it kind of reflected our life. We are about 50 years old and had a similar life, taking camping trips in an old Jeep Wrangler on our journeys to Italy. To be in the picture of the movie: I'm the demential former? literate driver, and she who's even more literate tells me where to head to and, whenever she can, she attends me so nicely or tells me where to put it . We are laughing, talking, quarreling, and we get emotional ... So we felt very much like that old couple. Well, at least I did. My girl friend felt with the old couple on their own. ... And if we could have a trip like this at the end of our life, this would be one of the best final chapters I could think of for my life.
When this came out to review, I fell in love with it. I told my husband it was us in a few years. He was always mistaken for Donald Sutherland also. I told him that when this comes out I hope that we are starting our RV traveling again, but unfortunately we couldn't as he passed away before his time. I do plan on seeing this film and will watch it over and over again.
If you want to compare it to the book, don't. If you want to see a good movie, this is one of them! (by vtc-3)
I see reviewers on here badmouthing this or that about the movie. Let's look at it as a separate entity, and review it for what it is! First, it's an emotional roller-coaster. some parts are funny, some parts are downright tragic. But if you have had friends, parents relatives or even yourself getting closer to 'the end' you can feel for these characters. The kids have a minor support role, if only to show this couple is not alone. the neighbor has even a lesser role, but her involvement in the plotline is one of the main turning points. SPOILER ALERT: This isn't really a <more>
'feel good' movie. The ending is impactful, bit it makes one realize that life is fleeting. the juxtaposition of the visit to Hemmingway's house is interesting, whereas Ella thinks it' overcommercialized and should be practibly a 'shrine', John sees it as a celebration, a party of Hemmingway's existance. Look, I'm not a paid critic. I like what I like. in some parts, this movie was hard to watch. But I feel I'm a better person for seeing it. Yes, it's that good.
I saw this at an AARP pre-screening and found it to be funny and poignant. The entire audience, composed of young and old people, laughed aloud and applauded often throughout the film. Why? Because the topic, situations presented, and dialogue resonated with experiences common to the lives of everyone watching.The film addresses topics not often seen in films: intimate loving relationships and romance in the elderly, Alzheimer's, end-of-life issues and family dynamics involved, dying with dignity, personal choice, euthanasia and suicide. There is no preachiness; the viewers are <more>
respectfully left with an emotional invitation to reflect upon these issues for themselves. Remarkably, this is done with humour and grace, without self pity or undue sentimentality. The film is not Hollywood glitzy, it may even seem a bit drab at times, but this is part of why it rings true and makes the film work. Everything from the couple's home and basement, the RV they run off in, the campgrounds they stay in, and the nursing home they visit - all of it, remarkably familiar to most Americans. We are being asked to think about extraordinary issues relating to ordinary lives, similar to those we all lead, and it seems that this less glossy calling card works. This approach is also supported by the beautifully nuanced performances given by Mirren and Southerland as they let us into their world of romance, aging, family, incurable illness, and end-of-life choices, all while travelling the landscape of US Route #1.From start to closing credits, group laughter, applause, and cheering revealed a palpable comradery among the audience members, which told volumes about how well the film accomplished its goal of raising awareness of important emotional, personal, social issues while still offerring an enjoyable night at the movies. I hope you have an opportunity to see it.
A road trip of and about a lifetime (by 2001ASOfan)
Films that try to earnestly, honestly explore and detail life experiences to hopefully illuminate and celebrate them--and maybe even help viewers deal with their own similar experiences--are films I always appreciate, even if I can't say I ended up enjoying watching them because the life experiences depicted are so difficult and inherently sad. I should also emphasize now, though, that "The Leisure Seeker" also tries to find the humor in this inherently sad situation, and succeeds at times: There are some very amusing moments. In an interview while promoting this film Helen <more>
Mirren said she took the role because the character she was playing was rushing into living and life rather than running away from it when it got difficult, and I agree. Interesting to find out in the closing credits that this is an Italian film production, with an Italian director in fact, Mirren also said she always wanted to be in an Italian film because they were so inspiring to her when she was young, and it was also one of the reasons she took this role , so it is actually an Italian take on a very American story and road trip taking place in two distinctly different parts of America along the East Coast, from Massachusetts to Florida. I found it reflective and contemplative in a good way, and I was drawn in and glad I took the trip with them, even if I left the theater feeling melancholy and a bit afraid of what my later years may bring to me as well. Recommended, but be aware that your own life experiences may make this a darker or lighter film depending on what you've been through yourself.
A great film about the pain of getting old (by Figgy66-915-598470)
23 April 2018First film of choice at The Plaza Dorchester tonight - The Leisure Seeker. Yes, it was a slow film but it totally suited the subject and I feel provides food for thought. Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland seemed an odd couple to put together, but this worked. A very credible southern accent and a non-stop chatter actually endeared me to Helen Mirren's character, she has a lot to put up with but the deep seated love for her husband made her carry on and gave her that strength to provide the support for her confused spouse. Wonderful performances in this tender film about the <more>
pressures of ageing with an ailing body or an ailing mind. Donald Sutherland plays John who suffers from memory loss and most the time lives happily in a world of his own. Helen Mirren Is Ella who has a tumour and doesn't want to go to treatment she's been checked before. Unbeknownst to their children they then take off in their ancient Winnebago nicknamed The Leisure Seeker. Following the road south to the Florida Keys, they relive their lives through forgotten memories and new discoveries and both relearn and forget things. Many reviews have not been very good for this film, indeed one particular one stated 'two great actors in dead-end roles. What I feel these people have failed to see that this is a story about how ordinary people deal with extraordinary things going on in their lives, it doesn't matter who the stars are, this can happen to anyone, who of us doesn't know someone suffering with memory loss or terminal diseases. This film had moments of humour especially as we witness confusion experience by John as he repeatedly forgot where he was or who he was with. However, we shouldn't feel guilty about laughing at such moments. Laughter can be a good remedy for the helplessness that must wash over you as you face such situations. A very moving and thought provoking film.
Beautiful movie for people over 50! (by lcase-13401)
If you are over 50 and fortunate enough to be in a long term, loving relationship, you are going to love this movie! We almost did not go to see it after the lackluster review that appeared in the Dayton Daily News, but we are so glad we did! This movie will make you laugh and cry and think about what is really important in life. Besides, how can you beat Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren?
Love till end (by blauregenbogen)
I love it,funny and it's all about in our lives. Love,respect,compromise,listening and even more... anyway love till end whatever comes...
A celebration of life at one of its significant junctures (by biisuto)
Fugitive, 70-something grey nomads John Sutherland and Ella Mirren dust off their old Winnebago for one last trip, to visit the Florida Keys and the home of Ernest Hemingway. John is a retired literary professor and Ella has always wanted to take him there. Their disappearance scares the hell out of their grownup kids who, while pleading with them on the phone to come home, vacillate between respecting their wishes and calling the cops on their irresponsible parents. THE LEISURE SEEKER is an at times funny, at times poignant, perhaps even confronting but also very real tale of what's <more>
waiting for us all as we near the end of our respective journeys. The film is a study of 'memento mori' and a pretty honest exploration of the gradually diminishing range of options as age and failing health catches up and overtakes even those not quite ready to call it a day.Although it evoked a strong emotional response from the reviewing audience, it didn't feel either glib or particularly dark or depressing. Rather, it played as the celebration of a family's unembellished life and their enduring and at times conflicted love for one another.