Monday, July 9, 2018

The Leisure Seeker

For the moment, the 74th Venice Film Festival has presented two recurring themes. On the one hand, the exorcism of the ghosts of History and the American present: an operation of political order that they have undertaken, each in their own way, Alexander Payne ('A life in a big way'), Guillermo del Toro ('La form of water ') and George Clooney (' Suburbicon '). The other protagonist has been the exploration of the passage of time reflected in the face of Hollywood stars: a project that was incumbent upon Robert Redford and Jane Fonda of 'We in the Night' and that extends to the work of Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren in 'The Leisure Seeker', the new film by Italian director Paolo Virzì ('The human capital'). It is shocking to see the always vivacious Mirren incarnating an old woman: a woman with cancer who decides to undertake an unthinkable caravan trip, from northern Massachusetts to southern Florida, with her husband (Donald Sutherland, lovely as always), a teacher of literature Alzheimer's disease.


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