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
Mads Mikkelsen steals the show with a truly powerful performance. The dramatic elements are very strong and its darker and much more realistic in tone than the first one. Its a really crude and painful portrait of a drug addict and failed criminal that after returning from prison his life starts to go downhill, there is nobody to be trusted and only finds humilliation and treason trying to get his life back on track.
While the 1st film of the trilogy was a good look at pressure this one is all about humiliation (& a little look at fatherhood). I liked it better than the 1st film mainly due to Mikkelson's relatable performance, Refn's maturing style, and each scene building in shame until the climatic scene of violence.
Un ottimo sequel di un lavoro già tosto di suo.L'ho trovato migliore del primo perchè la regia è molto più dosata,Mikkelsen ha molto più spazio e lo sfrutta alla grande e perchè Refn si concentra un pò di più sull'affresco psicologico del personaggio,con le sue paure,le sue ambizioni e i suoi rimpianti.Eccezionale l'inizio e la scena del matrimonio.Un Refn sempre più convincente.3* e 1/2.
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