Tonny is a crook from the Copenhagen underworld whose previous run-in with a baseball bat has left his mind addled and unreliable. Having just been released from prison, Tonny tries to bring order to his life and gain the respect of his father, the Duke, a notorious gangster who appears to have nothing but contempt for his son. Tonny soon learns that nothing in this new life comes easy. Trying to repay a debt held over from prison, he makes misstep after misstep, running further afoul of the Duke. On top of it all, Tonny must contribute to the upbringing of a baby boy which may or may not be his own. Battling the scorn of all around him as well as his own drug-fuelled delirium, Tonny must forge a path toward some form of redemption, or perish in the attempt. –Inbaseline
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
Could be the best movie of Refn that I've watched. Mads is one of the biggest actors of our generation.
This, the second film in the trilogy, focuses on Tonny, a low-level criminal who acts tough, wants to be good and is stupid. Refn uses silence and time very well in the Pusher films, and this is his magnum opus when it comes to that. Mikkelsen acts very well and as a whole it's another example of a film that conveys the message through a whisper - even when dealing with organised crime. Recommendable.
Deuxième opus de la trilogie Pusher de notre ami Nicolas Winding Refn. Réalisée huit ans après le premier, le cinéaste nous propose de suivre Tonny, sortant tout juste de prison et allant chercher… read review