While it can't boast the richness of characters from Refn's first film ('Pusher'), 'Bleeder' follows some of the former's cues; Kim Bodnia's character is deep in trouble once again, this time fueled by the unexpected turns his life takes when his girlfriend gets pregnant, under the unrelenting, watchful eye of her brother. Simple but effective cinematography, combined with a clever soundtrack to wrap it up.
The most underrated film in Refn's Canon, Pretty damn bleak with a De niro like performance in Kim Bondia and seen Mikkelsen and Buric play agaisnt type as Video store nerds. Especially watch Mikkelsen who breaks your heart as the loner put down upon friend in the group who falls in love with a equally loner cafe worker (refn's real life wife) which takes us away from the dark heart of the film.
Great characters especially Mads awkward has heck film buff, Refn's direction is impeccable, really love his style. Nice use of colour and fades during pivotal moments in the film, Refn really does use some weird song choices during scenes, some that I don't really get. Nonetheless this is a great character study film.
Yoiu liked Kim Bodnia, Mads Mikkelsen and Zlatko Buric in PUSHER ? You will love them in BLEEDER, Nicolas Winding Refn's second film which is an important step in his career. The inspired director of VALHALLA RISING is already recognizable here. BLEEDER is also a brilliant allegory about cinema with these four characters living for, living through and living according to movies. Masterpiece.
In my opinion this was grittier than "Pusher", but in a different way. It manages to wrench you with sardonic violence and quiet melancholy at the same time. The schizophrenic soundtrack and the bumpy cameras pave the way for a raw, uncompromising experience. Overall, sad and punishing.