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Naro-Minded: Leon: The Professional

  • Naro Expanded Cinema 1507 Colley Avenue Norfolk, VA, 23517 United States (map)

As visually stylish as it is graphically violent, this thriller directed by Luc Besson concerns Mathilda (Natalie Portman), a 12-year-old girl living in New York City who has been exposed to the sordid side of life from an early age: her abusive father stores drugs for corrupt police officers, and her mother neglects her. Léon (Jean Reno), who lives down the hall, tends to his houseplants and works as a hired hitman for mobster Tony (Danny Aiello). When her family is murdered by crooked DEA agent Stansfield (Gary Oldman), Mathilda joins forces with a reluctant Léon to learn his deadly trade and avenge her family's deaths. (1994, R, 110mins)

Besson's first American film boasted a strong performance from Jean Reno, a striking debut by Natalie Portman, and a love-it-or-hate-it, over-the-top turn by Gary Oldman.

Léon was originally released in the U.S. in 1994 as “The Professional,” and a re-cut version was released in 1996 in France as “Léon.” Which one do you want to see?

Naro-Minded is a monthly collaboration between Naro Cinema and Naro Video, bringing much-loved classics back to the big screen. Sponsored by O'Connor Brewing Co., beer and wine will be available for purchase at the show, with all proceeds benefiting Naro Video.