La Femme Nikita

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In Brief: I'm not one to go in for '90s nostalgia, but thinking back to a time when I didn't have to hear about Donald Trump's illicit affairs with porn stars does have its appeal. The '90s were also a time when I still thought Luc Besson was cool — instead of a talentless, plagiarizing pervert with a thing for young girls — and La Femme Nikita (1990) was a big part of the reason why. Pygmalion with a pistol, Nikita was a supercool spy thriller with all of the hallmarks of '90s chic, from the casual violence that would catapult Tarantino to fame and fortune and the bizarre dynamic between sex and death that would define what is potentially Besson's best work, Leon, just a few years later. If you disregard the fact that the original script for Leon had a sex scene between its title character and his 13-year-old love interest, or that Besson ripped off almost the entirety of The Fifth Element from Jodorowsky's The Incal, or everything about Valerian, you can probably still enjoy Nikita on its own terms.
Genre: Action Thriller
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Anne Parillaud, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Jeanne Moreau, Jean Reno
Rated: R

Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present La Femme Nikita on Friday, March 30, at 8 p.m. at Flood Gallery Fine Art Center, 2160 U.S. 70, Swannanoa.


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