This is one of the very earliest foreign films I remember watching on TV. It was at a time obscure, arty (farty) and even foreign films were shown on BBC2 (when there was a choice of only 3 television channels). ITV favoured blockbusters. There were other French films but I don’t recall their titles anymore. I was quite upset Nikita got converted into a TV series in USA. The original had high impact and a timelessness which is rare for an action film. It’s also the first of many Luc Besson films I watched.Nikita is a teen junkie and during a robbery of a pharmacy (for drugs) a shoot out occurs involving the police. Her friends are killed and she murders a policeman. As a result she is sentenced to life imprisonment but finds herself in a government facility.Immaculately dressed Bob who begins her training as an assassin.Firstly, she is taught how to be a woman with make up and how to dress by Amande.She takes easily to all the training and Bob takes her to dinner to celebrate her birthday.She wears a little black dress, gloves and a string of pearls for the occasion – dinner at an expensive restaurant.However, his surprise box contains a gun and her final test as well as her first mission is to kill a fellow diner. Her escape route no longer exists and she has to rely on her instincts to survive.She finds her way back to the facility much to Bob’s secret relief. She’s allowed to leave to begin her life outside.She meets Marco on her first trip to the supermarket. He is a boat designer but works at the check out.
The film ends with Bob and Marco meeting up and we see that they are both in love with Nikita. Interestingly enough, Jamie Lee Curtis wore a very similar dress in her film True Lies.Even her hair is almost the same!
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