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"LUSHLY PHOTOGRAPHED AND FEATURING A STELLAR PERFORMANCE BY THE LUMINOUS EMILY MORTIMER IN THE TITLE ROLE, HISAKO MATSUI'S FILM IS DEEPLY HEARTFELT. "
- THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER


"EXQUISITELY ACTED BY THE PRISTINE BEAUTY EMMILY MORTIMER AND LUSHLY PHOTOGRAPHED WITH THE LITERARY SENSIBILITY OF A MERCHANT - IVORY SAGA... A WELCOME ADDITION TO AN OTHERWISE DREARY MOVIE SEASON."
- REX REED, NY OBSERVER


"THIS IS AN EXQUISIT MOVIE ABOUT A COURAGEOUS, DETERMINED WOMAN.
A WONDERFUL STORY."
- JEFFREY LYONS/LYONS DEN RADIO


"EMILY MORTIMER STUNS IN HER MOST RADIANT PERFORMANCE YET AS LEONIE IN THIS EXQUISITE PORTRAIT OF A TRULY UNCONVENTIONAL WOMAN."
- NICKI RICHESIN, THE HUFFINGTON POST


"NOTHING SHORT OF MAGNIFICENT!"
- AMY R. HANDLER, FILM THREAT


"EMILY MORTIMER... SHE'S EXCELLENT AS LEONIE."
- THE VILLAGE VOICE


"EMILY MORTIMER GIVES A WARM, VIBRANT PERFORMANCE IN THIS LUSHLY PHOTOGRAPHED PERIOD DRAMA ABOUT AN UNCONVENTIONAL WOMAN WAY AHEAD OF HER TIME."
- STEPHEN FARBER, REEL TALK


"A CURIOUS AND INTRIGUING STORY."
- VARIETY


"MORTIMER SHINES... THE PERFORMANCES ARE MOSTLY CAPTIVATING, ESPECIALLY FROM EMILY MORTIMER. LEONIE DOES TELL AN UNDENIABLY FASCINATING TALE."
- THE BUFFALO NEWS


Synopsis

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. As an independent young woman seeking to overcome the restrictive female roles in turn-of-the century America, she is retained by the famous Japanese poet, Yone Noguchi played by Shidô Nakamura, as his editor. Their relationship evolves romantically, however Yone abruptly leaves when she shares with him that she is pregnant. Following him to Japan, she is cast alone to raise their son in a society with few opportunities for women.

A tender and inspiring story of a remarkable woman who nurtures the amazing artistic talent of their son who has only one way to succeed and one person to guide him, as he grows into the world renown artist, Isamu Noguchi.


Cast & Crew

Directed By: Hisako Matsui

Written By: Hisako Matsui (screenplay), Masayo Duus (biography),
David Wiener (screenplay)


Produced By: Hisako Matsui, Ashok Amritraj, Yûki Itô, Masao Nagai

Starring: Emily Mortimer (HBO series "The Newsroom"; Hugo, Shutter Island, Lovely and Amazing, Lars and the Real Girl), Christina Hendricks (Three time EMMY nominee for "Mad Men"; Drive, Detachment, Life as We Know It), Shidô Nakamura (Letters from Iwo Jima, Fearless, Red Cliff)


Christina Hendricks
Shidô Nakamura
Nichole Hiltz
Jay Karnes
Mary Kay Place

Poster Art and Stills

Leonie poster art




   
     





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