Frank is a drug pusher on the roll, until he makes a huge deal with dope that he hasn’t payed for, and he gets busted by the police. He manages to dump the dope in a nearby lake, but he owes his supplier a lot of money (not a nice guy to owe money too). Now we follow Frank in his quest to raise money in the underworld of Copenhagen. –IMDb
Nicolas Winding Refn was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1970. He moved with his parents at the age of 10 to New York, returning to Copenhagen at 17. After graduating from high school, Refn attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, but found the environment unbearable and was quickly expelled. Back in Denmark he was accepted by the Danish Film School but dropped out one month prior to the start of term. Having caught a short film by Refn on an obscure cable TV, a Danish producer offered him 3.2 million Danish kroner to turn the short into a feature. Thus at the age of 24, Refn found himself writing and directing his remarkable, hyper violent and uncompromising feature film debut: Pusher.
Pusher became a cult phenomenon and won Refn instant international critical acclaim. This spurred him to push the boundaries of his filmmaking further: the result was the close-to-the-edge, highly stylized and intricately gritty Bleeder, which premiered… read more
70/100 ~ GOOD. Pusher (1996) is a testament to Refn’s, at the time, latent abilities. Throughout the film, one might realise glimpses of what would come—moments of Refn’s undeniably exhilarating stylistic signature. Review can be found here: http://nextprojection.com/2013/10/27...w-pusher-1996/
While I don´t think its a masterpiece, I have to admit that for a debut film this is actually very impressive: Well acted, a good plot, nicely written, memorable characters and the ending was actually satisfying. After this I´m definetly looking forward to watch the sequels. One of the best debuts I have ever seen. Totally recommended.
Au moment où j’écris ces quelques lignes, se profile à l’horizon Only God Forgives. L’occasion pour plonger toujours plus loin dans la filmographie de Nicolas Winding Refn avec son premier film, Pusher… read review