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Das Leuchten der Erinnerung (2017)

The Leisure Seeker (original title)
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A runaway couple go on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker.


Paolo Virzì


Michael Zadoorian (novel), Stephen Amidon (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Mirren ... Ella Spencer
Donald Sutherland ... John Spencer
Christian McKay ... Will Spencer
Janel Moloney ... Jane Spencer
Dana Ivey ... Lillian
Dick Gregory ... Dan Coleman
Leander Suleiman ... Stuckey's Woman
Ahmed Lucan ... Stuckey's Man
Gabriella Cila ... Chantal
David Silverman ... Pennsylvania Campground Man (as David Marshall Silverman)
Lucy Catharine Haskill ... Pennsylvania Campground Woman (as Lucy Catherine Haskill)
Joshua Hoover ... Colonial Town Ticket Seller
Kirsty Mitchell ... Jennifer
Mylie Stone ... Emily
Helen Abell ... Farm Woman


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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A Once in a Lifetime Roadtrip They Will Never Forget

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual material | See all certifications »



Italy | France



Release Date:

4 January 2018 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Leuchten der Erinnerung See more »

Filming Locations:

Spokane, Washington, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€1,225,203 (Italy), 21 January 2018, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$113,708, 11 March 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,226,443, 5 July 2018
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


It stars Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren, for the first time acting together since the 1990 film Bethune - Ein Arzt wird zum Helden (1990). See more »


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 »


Ella Spencer: [on phone] Go to Lillian and tell her something.
Jane Spencer: [turns toward Lillian, sitting on sofa] Mom, Lillian's...
Ella Spencer: Tell her she's the dirtiest whore on earth.
Jane Spencer: What did you say?
Ella Spencer: No, in the universe. The biggest whore in the whole universe.
[hangs up]
Will Spencer: So what's happening?
Jane Spencer: Nothing. Everything's fine.
Lillian: But where are they?
Jane Spencer: I have no idea, but Mom seems very... energized. And she sends her love to you, Lillian.
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References The Old Man and the Sea (1958) 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.
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A celebration of life at one of its significant junctures
12 June 2018 | by biisutoSee all my reviews

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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