Courtesy Gaumont
Hour: 21

1994

Director: Luc Besson

Scriptwriter: Luc Besson

Cast: Jean Reno, Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Danny Aiello

Produced by: Gaumont, Les Films du Dauphin

108’, col.

France

Original English version with Italian subtitles, DCP supplied by Gaumont, VM14

The film tells the story of the emotional relationship that develops between a professional hitman and a young girl who survives the killing of her own family by a corrupt and cocaine-addicted policeman. Set against the backdrop of a story of violence and criminality, the relationship between an adult man and a young girl seems to float – like a miracle – above the chaos of a world in which good and evil blur and lose their significance. The relationship remains constantly and dangerously balanced between innocence and transgression. The finale bolsters the hope that goodness, which may stem from an affective and empathic relationship, may take root in the heart of anyone who has experienced it without the limitations imposed by prejudice. Natalie Portman’s interpretation of a delicate and deeply beautiful and mysterious female role is rare and precious. It brings to the screen the infinite and enchanting emotional-affective subtleties natural to the short period that precedes adolescence.