LA FEMME NIKITA
1990, Sony Repertory, 118 min, France, Dir: Luc Besson

After killing a policeman in a botched robbery, junkie Nikita (Anne Parillaud) is sentenced to life in prison. But a secret government agency fakes her death in order to turn Nikita into a professional assassin - a role she plays with remarkable skill. Jeanne Moreau and Jean Reno costar in the original French hit, which inspired an American remake (POINT OF NO RETURN) and TV series. In French and Italian with English subtitles.


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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