La Femme Nikita Movie Review 1991

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Stylish French noir version of Pygmalion. Having killed a cop during a drugstore theft gone awry, young French sociopath Nikita (Parillaud) is reprieved from a death sentence in order to enroll in a government finishing school, of sorts. Trained in etiquette (by Moreau) and assasination (by Karyo), she's released after three years, and starts a new life with a new beau (Anglade), all the while carrying out agency-mandated assassinations. Parillaud is excellent as the once-amoral street urchin transformed into a woman of depth and sensitivity--a bitterly ironic moral evolution for a contract killer. Remade as "Point of No Return."


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 117 minutes.
Originally from French.

Cast and Crew

Role Reversal, Hit Men/Women, Assassination, Office Surprise, Wonder Women
Luc Besson
Anne Parillaud, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Tcheky Karyo, Jeanne Moreau, Jean Reno, Jean Bouise
Thierry Arbogast
Luc Besson
Eric Serra
Samuel Goldwyn Company


Cesar 1991: Actress (Parillaud).

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