It is 1000 AD. For years, One Eye, a mute warrior of supernatural strength, has been held prisoner by the Norse chieftain Barde. Aided by Are, a boy slave, One Eye slays his captor and together he and Are escape, beginning a journey into the heart of darkness. On their flight, One Eye and Are board a Viking vessel, but the ship is soon engulfed by an endless fog that clears only as the crew sights an unknown land. As the new world reveals its secrets and the Vikings confront their terrible and bloody fate, One Eye discovers his true self. —TIFF
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
First twenty minutes are muddy, splattery, virtually alien in their silence and isolation. It never gets into the axe-hewn melees you would expect/rabidly desire, but it's relatively hypnotic. Ending is a handful of Christian symbolism smeared all over Viking mythos and the frequent flash-forwards to events we will see in six minutes sap any dramatic tension. Wait, did I like this or not?
The film is visually amazing, very heavy, violent and meditative at the same time, with perfectly balanced dim-coloured sets, haunting score and well-justified Nordic pacing. Not a viking action film at all. The dialogues are scarce but meaningful, and fuel the atmosphere of eeriness and transcendence. Mads Mikkelsen made it brilliantly - mute, one-eyed, he managed to do a heartbreaking and memorable performance.
Refn si conferma,dopo Bronson,un maestro nel mettere in scena una violenza "di classe".Film suggestivo,sia negli splendidi campi lunghi che nei durissimi primi piani,in cui si ha il perenne senso di essere in una sorta di contemplazione visiva.Tutti sono alla ricerca di qualcosa:i vichinghi,i cristiani,il guerriero e il ragazzo.Fantastiche scene evocative ed una natura mozzafiato esaltata da una grande fotografia.3*
On Friday, Inception pretty much sucked all the air out of the media bubble. So, to catch up with what's being said about the other films
Another’s description of this as a ‘bipolar New World’ is not inaccurate. Possessing little dialogue, but it doesn’t need words at the start – evocatively photographed on-location, sonically piercing… read review
Sebuah visual-epic yang melambangkan eksistensi jati diri, perjalanan spiritual,dan amarah. Disajikan dengan konteks sinematografi simbolis nan indah, dan dilapisi dengan tone kegelapan di setiap framenya… read review
Tout d’abord, lors de la première vision, j’avais comparé le personnage de One-Eye en une forme de messie. Il n’en est rien à la seconde car je l’estime désormais plus comme une forme de guerrier et… read review