Bleeder

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This gruelling drama finds the director of Pusher seeking to broaden his emotional range and break out of crime genre histrionics. But he's so good at that stuff, he can't quite keep the blood and guts off the screen. A grimly funny portrait of a group of immature friends in deadend jobs failing to connect with women (or indeed reality), this feels a little like a Danish Nil by Mouth with a touch of Clerks thrown in. Bodnia especially has some powerful scenes. Yet the more intense the movie gets, the less credible it becomes. A lovely sequence in which a woman simply browses in a bookshop shows how much more the director has to offer; at the moment he's still too close to these self-punishing men.

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Duration: 97 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Nikolas Winding Refn
Screenwriter: Nikolas Winding Refn
Cast: Kim Bodnia
Mads Mikkelsen
Rikke Louise Andersson
Liv Corfixen
Levino Jensen
Zlatko Buric
Claus Fl├╝ggare
Gordana Radosavljevic
Marko Zecewic
Dusan Zecewic
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