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Léon: The Professional (1994)

France 110m, Colour
Director: Luc Besson; Cast: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello

Darkly comedic, and well-acted, Léon: The Professional was the brilliant debut for Portman in a challenging and controversial adult-themed role. As a twelve-year-old girl whose family is killed by crooked cops involved in a drug deal, Mathilda befriends Léon – a professional hit-man who works for a local mobster. Intending on seeking revenge for the killing of her little brother, Mathilda convinces Léon to teach her the basics of his profession. Despite his best intentions, Mathilda’s demanding nature and forceful personality threaten to overwhelm Léon, whose awkward personality and limited societal skills place him in jeopardy as he attempts to keep his new friend out of harm’s way (Klaus Ming August 2012).


3 comments on “Léon: The Professional (1994)

  1. Anthony Lee Collins

    I saw this movie when I noticed that every Kick-Ass review mentioned it. A very good movie (and very different from Kick-Ass). Portman is good, but equally good are Reno and Oldman (who gives one of the greatest over-the-over-the-top performances ever).

    • Klaus

      I debated whether or not to mention Kick Ass in the review. Portman’s character definitely looks like the inspiration for Hit-Girl – but there seemed to be a lot more depth to the character of Matilda.

  2. Paragraph Film Reviews

    One of those films I loved loads as a kid, but was a tad underwhelmed when re-visiting it (like all of Besson’s pictures!!). Lots to like, but I watched the extended cut and there’s a couple of scenes that are uncomfortable / close to the bone…

    Still, can’t argue that it’s an awesome film.

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