La Femme Nikita

La Femme Nikita

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La Femme Nikita

A convicted felon is given a second chance as a political assassin working for the government in this action thriller from Luc Besson.

When drug-addicted teen Nikita (Anne Parillaud) shoots a cop in a robbery gone wrong, her sentence is death. But behind prison walls, she is given a secret ultimatum: harness her penchant for violence, or face her executioner. After three years of martial arts, weapons and etiquette training, Nikita is reborn as Josephine, a sexy, sophisticated assassin, released back into normal society with instructions to build a cover life for her killer job.

1990Rating: MA15+, Strong violence and coarse language117 minsFrance, Italy, French, Italian and English with English subtitles
ActionThrillerWorld Cinema
Director:
Luc Besson ('The Fifth Element', 'Léon: The Professional', Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets')
Writer:
Luc Besson
Cast:
Anne ParillaudMarc DuretPatrick FontanaAlain LathièreJean RenoTchéky KaryoJean-Hugues AngladeJeanne MoreauJacques Boudet
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The New York Times

The New York Times

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A slick, calculating mixture of French contemplativeness and American flying glass.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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Very Little in this French thriller makes sense, but it's all savagely engrossing because of the performance of Anne Parillaud in the title role. She's a spellbinder.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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Begins with the materials of a violent thriller but transcends them with the story of the heroine's transformation.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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This is not French filmmaking at its best; it's a copy of American studio work, with a few bent wisps of feeling drifting in. Yet good mechanics can make half-good machines, and that's what Besson has done here.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

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The movie is the art-house Blue Steel, and it may prove irresistible to women who’ve spent years watching farfetched male action thrillers and — quite understandably — want a few to call their own.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A slick, calculating mixture of French contemplativeness and American flying glass.

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Very Little in this French thriller makes sense, but it's all savagely engrossing because of the performance of Anne Parillaud in the title role. She's a spellbinder.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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Begins with the materials of a violent thriller but transcends them with the story of the heroine's transformation.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

This is not French filmmaking at its best; it's a copy of American studio work, with a few bent wisps of feeling drifting in. Yet good mechanics can make half-good machines, and that's what Besson has done here.

0
Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

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The movie is the art-house Blue Steel, and it may prove irresistible to women who’ve spent years watching farfetched male action thrillers and — quite understandably — want a few to call their own.

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