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La Femme Nikita March 26, 2007

Posted by lindamc in La Femme Nikita.
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Not only could I not identify with the protagonist in this film, but I (and another member of our class) found it very interesting that she never in control, the entire film. Of course she was kicking butt, killing people, stabbing people’s hands with pencils, etc, but she was also: crying for her mother, ballet dancing (???), holding a stuffed white rabbit in her pocket, etc. After she got out of the “gov’t jail”, she also was never in control: always being told what to do, following other people to buy her groceries, being taken control of by Jacque (or whomever the “cleanup guy” was), or just trying to survive living a double life. She played a dual role of being both victim, and seriously scary murderess. This is what made the film so disturbing for me, and I think was a main discussion point for the film maker (much like the discussion for the creator of Carrie): when does a woman stop always being the victim, and become the villain? I found it interesting also, that the title of the film is much like the film phrase of a femme fatal, which, given her dual role, you could also most assuredly classify Nikita as. However, which man is led to his fatal end? Bob, who loves her and almost ruins his job (well a little) in order to keep her working, or Marco, who she makes so happy, but then leaves in the end. Or, if we’re going to get really crazy, maybe (assuming she is a classic femme fatal, which she seriously may not be (either classically or a femme fatal at all) Nikita’s very angry masculine side: Josephine is the side which she uses to ruin Marie, the happy stable side? In other words, at the end of the film, she leaves her happy life with Marco, whom she could have married and been extremely happy with (if she hadn’t been so messed up), and has to live on the run for the rest of her life. If my thoughts here were not too convoluted, any opinions would be interesting. Finally, I found the subtitles pretty terrible, and seriously reading into what was being said, rather than just spitting back the literal translation. Sorry for that rant, but it bothered me…

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