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The Leisure Seeker

City Cinema

The Leisure Seeker

The Leisure Seeker

Thursday, May 24, 2018, 07:00pm

May 21–26 (times vary)

14A, mature theme, language may offend
Dir: Paolo Virzi, Italy/France, 112 min. Donald Sutherland, Helen Mirren, Christian McKay, Janel Maloney

“The Leisure Seeker is a consoling, teary-funny road trip comedy about an ageing couple who realise their days—of living independently, at least—are numbered. John is slipping further into the fog of Alzheimer’s with every passing week, while Ella is due some kind of hospital treatment, which her chestnut bobbed wig, worn over her own closely cropped silver hair, suggests can be nothing good. Rather than play along with the plans devised by their adult children, the Spencers treat themselves to one last driving holiday together—a pilgrimage to the house in Key West occupied by Ernest Hemingway during nine of his most creatively fruitful years… Sutherland’s ability to radiate dignity even when his character loses himself in the depths of dementia is instrumental in making us ache for the younger, sharper man the film doesn’t even have to show us. Mirren brilliantly choreographs all the jostling emotions any spouse who becomes a carer has to deal with—we watch Ella move from amusement to exasperation and back again, often within the span of a sentence. Crucially, the film doesn’t just have John forget things in funny ways. It’s bluntly honest about the cruelty of his condition, and finds a rough-edged humour in that frankness. The canon of Alzheimer’s films doesn’t lack for performances piled up with compassion and fine-grained observation, from Iris all the way to Still Alice. But as their faded Winnebago wends its way to the coast, Ella and John show there’s room for two more.”—Robbie Collin, The Telegraph


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City Cinema
64 King Street
Charlottetown

(902) 368-3669
http://www.citycinema.net


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