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In the late 1800s, a young bourgeois Frenchwoman's bad attitude causes problems for her mother and the superiors in the religious order she hopes to enter.

Cast & Crew

Samantha Lang
Marie Martin
Mary Rose Maher
Leonie Martin
Paige Pilarski
Mother Jeanne Marguerite
Genevieve Lang
Celine Martin
Jeff Barron
Louis Martin
Megan Wolf
Pauline Martin
Chere Bernhard
Mother Marie De Sales Le Francois
Carrie Kot
Zelie Martin
Joseph Robert Maher
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Joseph Robert Maher
Screenwriter
Barbara Middleton
Executive Producer
Eduard Perrone
Original Music
Luke Kuschel
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Brien Dux
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Critic Reviews for Leonie!

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  • 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.

    April 18, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • As a portrait of female strength and a celebration of the artistic spirit, "Leonie" too seldom comes fully alive.

    April 12, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    March 25, 2013 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    March 22, 2013 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    March 21, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Color it inspirational.

    March 20, 2013 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    April 18, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • As a portrait of female strength and a celebration of the artistic spirit, "Leonie" too seldom comes fully alive.

    April 12, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    March 25, 2013 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    March 22, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The movie is more enjoyable when pictures rather than words do the talking. Mortimer is wonderful, but her speeches are less memorable than the simple shots of Japanese flowers, fields and homes that Matsui uses as artistic grout to connect scenes.

    June 7, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Though Leonie is slow at times, it highlights a little-known historical figure in a manner that is emotionally and intellectually satisfying.

    April 26, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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  • Nov 26, 2014
    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.
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