THE PROFESSIONAL
LÉON: THE PROFESSIONAL
1994, Sony Repertory, 110 min, France, Dir: Luc Besson

When corrupt DEA agent Norman Stansfield (Gary Oldman) murders her family, 12-year-old Mathilda (Natalie Portman, in her feature debut) takes refuge with neighbor Léon (Jean Reno). She soon discovers that her protector is a hitman - and begs him to teach her the tricks of the trade so that she can exact revenge on Stansfield. The growing relationship between the introverted assassin and his young protégé is at the heart of this stylish, ultra-kinetic crime thriller, which earned seven César nominations.


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