Leonie
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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 Media
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 42%

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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."
‑ Barbara VanDenburgh, Arizona Republic
"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."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"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."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Matsui's Leonie is, very simply, a beautiful film, and one that will live in our hearts and minds long after it ends on screen."
‑ Amy R. Handler, Film Threat
"As a portrait of female strength and a celebration of the artistic spirit, "Leonie" too seldom comes fully alive."
‑ Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Rachel Saltz, New York Times
"Though Leonie is slow at times, it highlights a little-known historical figure in a manner that is emotionally and intellectually satisfying."
‑ Jamie S. Rich, Oregonian
"Uneven, but it captures a time, and a woman ahead of her time."
‑ Roger Moore, Movie Nation
"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."
‑ John Anderson, Variety
"Color it inspirational."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Despite some nice period elements, it's a mostly sparkle-free affair, sticking so closely to the genre blueprint as to be generic."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
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