publication . Part of book or chapter of book . 2016

Natalie Portman and transgressing boundaries between childhood and adulthood in Luc Besson’s Léon

Hanson, Stuart;
Open Access English
  • Published: 25 May 2016
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
This proposed chapter examines the representation of childhood in Luc Besson’s 1994 film Léon and the Director’s Cut released in 2009, and the performance of its 12-year old star, Natalie Portman. It considers the notion of innocence, traditionally embodied in children, and issues around gender in the context of the relationship between the central male character Léon (Jean Réno) and Mathilda. It also examines: the sexualisation of children; the film’s challenge to accepted notions, not only about childhood and its supposed embodiment of innocence, but about gender roles too and the relationship portrayed between children and adults. The controversy generated on...
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free text keywords: childhood, representation, Natalie Portman, innocence, sexualisation, film, gender, Jean Réno, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Psychoanalysis, History
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publication . Part of book or chapter of book . 2016

Natalie Portman and transgressing boundaries between childhood and adulthood in Luc Besson’s Léon

Hanson, Stuart;