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Leonie (2013)



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In the lush tradition of the glorious films of Merchant and Ivory, comes the true life story of Leonie Gilmour (Emily Mortimer), whose life crossed continents, wars and cultures, embodied with courage and passion in search of art and freedom. A tender and inspiring story of a remarkable woman who nurtures the amazing artistic talent of her son who has only one way to succeed and one person to guide him, as he grows into the world renown artist, Isamu Noguchi. (c) Monterey Mediamore
Rating: PG-13 (for brief sexuality, partial nudity and brief language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Hisako Matsui, David Wiener, Masayo Duus
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 14, 2013
Box Office: $53.7k
Monterey Media - Official Site


Emily Mortimer
as Leonie Gilmour
Shidou Nakamura
as Yone Noguchi
Shidō Nakamura
as Yone Noguchi
Mary Kay Place
as Albiana, Leonie's Mo...
Jan Milligan
as Isamu Noguchi
Saburou Teshigawara
as Isamu Noguchi (older...
Keiko Takeshita
as Setsu Koizumi
Masatoshi Nakamura
as Toshu Senda
Bowie Gunn
as Young Isamu
Julian Ogawa
as Young Isamu
Daichi Flaherty
as Young Isamu
Takashi Kashiwabara
as Michihiko Kawada
Mieko Harada
as Umeko Tsuda
Shidou Nakamura
as Yone Noguchi
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Critic Reviews for Leonie

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (7)

It hits all the expected beats of a thoroughly vanilla biopic as an aging Leonie reflects on her unconventional life via plodding voiceover while doddering through a forest collecting berries.

Full Review… | April 18, 2013
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

As a portrait of female strength and a celebration of the artistic spirit, "Leonie" too seldom comes fully alive.

Full Review… | April 12, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Failing to carve anything graceful or fluid out of a slab of biography, helmer Hisako Matsui does bring to light a curious and intriguing story of a great-woman-behind-a-great-man in Leonie.

Full Review… | March 25, 2013
Top Critic

Lushly photographed and featuring a stellar performance by the luminous Emily Mortimer in the title role, Hisako Matsui's film is deeply heartfelt but only intermittently compelling.

Full Review… | March 22, 2013
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Leonie Gilmour was almost certainly unusual and unusually self-reliant. Too bad that the film that bears her name ultimately reduces her to the mother of her child.

Full Review… | March 21, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

Color it inspirational.

Full Review… | March 20, 2013
New York Observer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Leonie

In 1901, Leonie Gilmour(Emily Mortimer) is a recent graduate of Bryn Mawr University where she made some friends for life and was patronized by any number of male professors. For her first job, she becomes an editor for Yone Noguchi(Shido Nakamura) who she not only helps with his poetry but also assists in getting him published. Soon after, they fall in love and have a child together. By 1905, Japan is at war with Russia, and testestorone calls Yone back to his native country. So, with few other options, Leonie decamps with her son for Pasadena and the waiting arms of her mother(Mary Kay Place).

Aided by a very good lead performance from Emily Mortimer, "Leonie" seeks to tell the story of a true life pioneer who battled the patriarchy on two separate continents. Ironically, this was as Japan was modernizing, leaving behind some of its feudal ways, but becoming just as entrenched in others. And at the same time, the movie counterintuitively tries to undermine Leonie by reinforcing her traditional role as a mother, in this case, of Isamu Noguchi, a noted sculptor and not just in a by the way sort of fashion, either.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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