A bittersweet reflection on old age, held afloat by stellar performances.
We’re not getting any younger, as the saying goes, and for die-hard baby boomers reaching post-retirement, that is a hard pill to swallow. In The Leisure Seeker, acclaimed Italian director Paolo Virzí shows aging in all its denial and discomfort, finding the humor and hope in tough topics. And in spite of it all, it’s there.
Making his first English-language film, Virzí creates a sensitive, tragicomically evocative portrait of golden-year defiance out of the bestselling novel by Michael Zadoorian.
John Spencer (Donald Sutherland), a retired Ivy League English professor and his wife Ella (Helen Mirren) have been happily married for most of their life, but his mind is fading fast due to age-related memory loss….