First up, full disclosure, I am likely a modestly distant relative of Sting. His proper surname is Sumner. Mums Surname was Sumner. (No, that’s not enough. It just means Summoner Before The Crown… there were a lot of them.. Though I do feel an inexplicable duty to HM Queen Eliz…) My sister traced back some ancestry and there’s a LOT of George Sumners in our line and in the line of Sting to about the point where they are both next to … one guy who I’m not going to name so folks don’t go searching… But the bottom line is that we’re likely cousins a few times removed.
Why mention that? ‘Cause he does this song, and I love it, and it might matter to crazy people if I didn’t disclose that there might be this hypothetical connection. The reality is that he looks a LOT like my uncle, George Sumner, and I like his music. Other than that, he’s never heard of me and we’ve not got a thing going on. But “full disclosure”, so done.
This movie snippet is one I saw a decade+ ago. I don’t remember the title. It’s a GREAT movie. I think I first saw it in French. (Likely with subtitles). I’m not sure. It is a French movie. I lose track of what language I saw / heard / read something in. Did I mention it is a great movie?
The basic plot is that Leon is a Hit Man. Sort of fell into the profession of necessity. He’s good at it, in a sort of “someone has to do it” sort of way. I can relate. A LOT of I.T. crap is “someone has to do it” sort of way… (Paged in panic, Executive “I just hit send, can you delete that email?”… at the time you could, and I did. Now not so much… Another executive Butt Wipe accomplished…) I could see me wiping all sorts of Executive Butts…
So Leon comes home one day and The Waif is in the hallway. The Waif is daughter of a woman of “modest” repute. He comforts her. (Kind hearted hit man, yeah, that would be me…) Time passes. There’s some “bad shit” goes down on Waif’s Mom and Waif goes to Hitman’s door hoping against all odds to be let in so as not to be part of The Shit. Leon lets her in (as would I) and becomes Rescuer. (Oh how I’m prone to being Rescuer…)
A lot unfolds, and NO I’ll not tell you the ending. Go watch the movie. It is very much worth it. Let’s just say that there is a police invasion and shootout at the end….
Along the way Leon teaches Waif the way of the assassin for hire… She’s a fast study and he’s smitten. Yet he restrains himself. So here’s a hit man with free pedophilia access wracked with emotions AND morality… Did I mention this is a French film?… and a good one? ;-) and he does the right and moral thing. Yeah, hit man and hero…. (Did I mention I can see me as Leon?…)
In any case, that’s the set up. Here’s the song.
Play it twice. Maybe 3 times. Find the movie (whatever the title was…)
I know beyond a doubt that were I Leon, I’d do exactly what he did. I’d love. I’d restrain. I’d protect. And I’d do everything for the one who needs it…
Ah, UPDATE: I found the movie. “Leon, the Professional”:
Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin’s trade.
Seems it has a YouTube Fan Channel:
Hey, it has a wiki. Who knew… (Spoiler Alert: I has the plot in it…)