NIKITA (aka LA FEMME NIKITA) (18)
D: Luc Besson
Palace/Gaumont/Cecci (Jerome Chalou)
W: Luc Besson
DP: Thierry Arbogast
Ed: Olivier Mauffroy
Mus: Eric Serra
Anne Parillaud (Nikita), Jean-Hughes Anglade (Marco), Tcheky Karyo (Bob), Jeanne Moreau (Amande), Jean Reno (Victor)
La Femme Nikita (or simply Nikita) is a stylish French thriller from writer/director Luc Besson in which a female criminal becomes an assassin for the government.
Despite its plot being rather implausible, it contains a very convincing performance from lead actress Anne Parillaud and inspired a successful television series (La Femme Nikita) as well as an American remake (The Assassin). Besson would go on to make the similarly-themed Leon (qv).