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The relationship between Leon and Mathilda is a rather complicated one, and is pretty much the cornerstone of the whole movie. Leon is hinted to be mentally challenged in some capacity. He can't read and despite his prowess as an assassin is very naive and is easily fooled by Tony (and Mathilda). He also has problems with intimacy and letting people get ...


Despite the guns and knives and bombs and drugs, the relationship is innocent. Leon is essentially a child in a man's body, he cannot read, Tony is his surrogate father taking care of him financially and he and maltilda play "dress up". In this relationship he learns for the first time about love and he develops into matilda's surrogate parent.


Younger and the relationship would either have to be totally creepy or transform into more obviously paternal relationship. Older, say 16+, and the relationship likely is forced to take on more romantically charged aspects. At 12-14, the character can be old enough to be somewhat independent and for the relationship to be a friendship rather than paternal ...

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