Our March Volunteer of the Month, the amazing Douglas Tran, brings you acclaimed action director Luc Besson’s Léon: The Professional!
A gritty hit-man flick set in the bowels of New York, and told with a distinctly French flair, Léon: The Professional finds 12-year-old dropout Mathilda (Natalie Portman in her feature film debut) living in a slummy apartment where she is abused by her drug-dealing father and dysfunctional family, save for her loving little brother. After her family is brutally murdered by wicked cop Stansfield (Gary Oldman, stealing the show with his brilliant over-the-top performance), Mathilda begs refuge from her quiet and secretive neighbor down the hall, Léon (veteran French actor Jean Reno) – who happens to be a “cleaner,” or professional hit man. Seeing this as an amazing opportunity, Mathilda offers to be his assistant in exchange for training to be his protégée, so that she can ultimately exact revenge for her little brother’s death.
We will be presenting the original U.S. theatrical cut of Léon: The Professional, remastered by Sony Pictures!
Directed by Luc Besson | 110 minutes | 1994 | Rated R
Monday, April 15 – 2:30pm, 5:30pm, 8pm
Tuesday, April 16 – 2:30pm, 5:30pm, 8pm
Saturday, April 20 – 2:30pm, 5:30pm
“Leon The Professional is a consummate hit-man movie from the early ’90s era in cinema when every young filmmaker wanted to be the next Tarantino, Luc Besson just had to be himself.” – Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
“No matter what uncomfortable undercurrents the film gives rise to, Besson’s skill with action is inventive and creative (and of course over the top).” – Peter Galvin, Sbs.com.au
“Leon: The Professional is a wonderful character study, enriched by outstanding performances, thrilling action, and a well-rounded script that gives the film an intriguing amount of depth.” – Jeff Beck, The Blu Spot