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Natalie Portman spoke at the United Nations about violence against women. She posted it as an Instagram reel, I've mirrored it for those who don't want to access mainstream media.


Natalie Portman speaking at the United Nations

Natalie Portman speaking at the UN about violence against women and girls. Mirrored from Natalie's Instagram. Natalie's description:

It was an honor to speak at the UN about the urgency of ending violence against women and girls, and to highlight the @spotlightinitiative’s effective model for doing so. Woman Life Freedom. #WithHer @unitednations #UNGA #SDGActionZone

(Copyright remains with Natalie and the United Nations)

Just rewatched Léon and it's an amazing experience to see Natalie Portman put in such a great performance at 12 years old.
#NataliePortman #Léon
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It's weird but a lot of great actresses had really great films around that age already:

  • As mentioned Natalie Portman was 12 during filming Léon
  • Jodie Foster was 12 in Taxi Driver and got an Oscar nomination; the lesser known but maybe even better performance in The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane was in the same year
  • Chloë Grace Moretz was also 12 in Let Me In where she did a very complicated character very touchingly
  • Ivana Baquero carried Pan's Labyrinth at 11
  • Dafne Keen was 11 when she drove everybody in Logan to up their game
  • Alexa Nisenson was 11 when she put in a multilayered performance in Fear The Walking Dead. That's a tv series, but her performance is on a par with the above

Obviously they've done (or will do) great stuff later too and some like Chloë and Jodie did even earlier, but these are all goosebump performances.
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oh yes, V for Vendetta for example.
Omg how can I forget Dakota Fanning. Maybe because it's actually too obvious. By that age she already had a whole film catalogue with very worthy performances and a SAG award nomination (at 8). As standout example I choose Uptown Girls, where she's the equal to top talent Brittany Murphy and she played a kid who acted like she's a grown up. She was 9. They had probably the best chemistry ever in film. I love that film.

I have this memory, maybe an incorrect memory, that for at least two Natalie Portman films after Léon, her character was still carrying around that plant until they finally ceremoniously planted it in a garden.
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Now watching Brothers because of Natalie Portman, even though she doesn't play one of the brothers. Sounds like she could be the stereotypical military wife, but we'll see how it goes.
#NataliePortman #Brothers
The story of the brother that was presumed dead is the more interesting one. I think the character of the wife failed to be written in an interesting way, she's just there to support the story of others. She spends a lot of time just looking at people and herding kids. I didn't like the stereotype of her warming to a guy the moment he's kind to her kids. The few moments the character is allowed emotions, Natalie does this well of course. I'd wish her feelings after learning her husband was dead could be explored more than that one scene when she's laying on her bed; the remainder of the time she has to put up a brave face for her family.