Friday, April 5, 2013

LEON (1994): Mathilda (Natalie Portman) is a Nymphet Prostitute

13-year-old Natalie Portman in Leon (1994)
The award winning non-fiction writer Rich Cohen wrote in a Vanity Fair article about his effort to ghost write a book about Theodore Forstmann, "Writing a nonfiction story is like cracking a safe. It seems impossible at the beginning, but once your're in, you're in." That is exactly what I experienced while writing The Allure of Nymphets. Despite the fact that the book has been published, I'm still pulling pulling jewels out of the safe for this blog.

For example, on my plane ride back into New York City on Monday, a young lady two rows up was watching Leon (1994) on her humongous silver MacBook. I left Leon out of the appendix of The Allure of Nymphets, because the relationship between the Mathilda (13-year-old Natalie Portman) and Leon (46-year-old Jean Reno) had some sexual overtones, but was for the most part platonic. 


  1. I own this film and don't remember Natalie, implied or otherwise, being a "teen prostitute" BUT "According to actress Maïwenn Le Besco, part of the film is based on her romantic relationship with director Luc Besson. Le Besco (who plays the blond prostitute in the opening scene) was engaged to writer/director at the time the film was made. Le Besco had met Besson when she was 11, and had fallen in love with him when she was 15 (Besson was 32 at the time)."

    1. Lucius,

      Thanks for the information on Luc Besson! And I'm going re-watch the opening scene to verify that Portman's character serviced a middle-aged john off screen. Thanks again...

    2. Fine, You go and re-watch, verify and then point out to me where the implication was that "Portman's character serviced a middle-aged john off screen."

    3. You're correct. I made a mistake. Thanks!