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 the very end.
Early in the film, just before John veers into the next lane to avoid a collision, Ella's purse and other items are clearly visible on the ledge above the dashboard. As he strives to correct his steering, it looks like
something may have flown out the open window. The purse no longer appears in the next and subsequent frames (leading this viewer to believe that the lost bag would be an essential plot device). However, the purse is clearly in Ella's possession when they make their next stop. See more »
Don't Leave Me This Way
Written by Kenny Gamble (as K. Gamble), Leon Huff (as L. Huff), Cary Gilbert (as C. Gilbert)
(c) Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp
Licensed by Warner Bros. Music Italy S.r.l.
Performed by Thelma Houston
(p) Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Courtesy of Universal Music Italia S.r.l. See more »
A celebration of life at one of its significant junctures
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 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.
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