: The Professional
is one of Luc Besson's
greatest films. When I first saw this movie it was the original one with no cuts, so I was happy when I bought the Director's cut
of the DVD
that was exactly the same. I remember watching the movie again, renting it from a video store and was disappointed that some scenes were left out.
plays a 12 year old girl named Mathilda
whose family is killed by corrupt DEA officers
, the leader being a cocaine
addict is played by Gary Oldman
becomes vengeful and urges Leon to teach her how to be cleaner
, not because they killed her whole family, but because they killed her little four year old brother who did nothing to anyone but just cuddled with her.
On the day of her family's massacre
she was out buying groceries and she saw the destruction
of her family and walked right past it to another apartment. She finds refuge with Leon
, a professional
Italian hitman also known as a cleaner
after an intense moment of his indecision
to open his door to her or not.
The love that grows between Mathilda
is disturbing at first but becomes something that is sweet. Mathilda
like a lover
, but he treats her like a daughter
and this is conveyed well throughout the movie. She may have fallen in love
with him because he was kind to her, unlike her real parents who ordered her around and abused
All actors in the movie give great performances, especially Natalie Portman
since this is the first role of hers in the movie business. Gary Oldman
makes you want to kill him since he plays a unsympathetic psycho
who takes his crack and then compares everything to a Beethoven
composition. Jean Reno
plays the lovable, serious older man who does not socialize much except for when he visits his friend/Boss Tony
to get another job. Before he met Mathilda
his only realy companion was his plant that he waters and places under the sun everyday.