is a French director, writer and producer.
Besson's parents were scuba diving instructors, and his initial ambition was to become a marine biologist. However, at age 17 he had a diving accident which left him unable to dive, and out of the resulting boredom he began to write stories and work in the film industry.
Since then, he has worked on more than 50 movies with EuropaCorp
(the studio he founded), although he only directed 15 of them.
He is one of the three directors credited with creating the French "cinéma du look", a French film movement of the 1980s whose films favoured style over substance. At least that's what the critics say. They often featured young people, often in love with each other, lost in urban Paris.
Besson has been criticized in Europe as the most "Hollywoodian" of French filmmakers. Cheap action movies written and produced by him have been panned
by some as "slick and commercial".
Films directed by Luc Besson:
Films written and/or produced by Luc Besson include:
Tropes associated with Luc Besson's films
- Action Girls: Armed women is a common motif in his films.
- Always Save the Girl
- Dirty Cop: Corrupt cops factor into many of Besson's films.
- Invincible Hero: Besson's action heroes are typically supreme badasses set against impossible odds.
- Production Posse:
- Besson has cast Jean Reno in several of his films, including his first four.
- He cast his former wife Mila Jovovich as the female lead in two films.
- Not to mention composer Eric Serra, wo worked on all of his directed films.
- Le Parkour David Belle and Cyril Raffaelli are typically behind the stunts and fight choreography of his films, if not in front of the camera.
- Write What You Know: Not surprisingly for a former diver, Besson's first wide release film was The Big Blue, which is about... divers.