Leo and Louise are a young couple living together in Copenhagen. Leo often goes out with his friends while Louise usually stays home. But when Louise tells Leo she’s pregnant, a spark is ignited and Leo becomes cold and distant. His anger and self-hatred finally erupt into violence.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Not Refn's best work, but it's still a well-structured character study with some great performances most notably from Mikkelsen. I like the constant movie references of course but it's far from touching gold like Pusher did. Good stuff.