One of my favorite movies! I am not really sure why. The acting isn't great, the plot is kind of strange, the main characters are not virtuous, but something struck a chord when I first watched it! Maybe it was the chemestry that Leon and Mathilda had, somehow it felt real. I didn't even realize that it was Natalie Portman until I watched it a few years later! Accept the fact that this is a dark B movie with characters that are hard to identify with and lots of violence, and you should have a pretty good experience with it.