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Bleeder (1999)

Two stories for the price of one: Lenny works in a video shop and tries to get aquainted with the waitress Lea. Leo beats his pregnant wife, Louise, which is a VERY bad idea, as her brother, Louis, is a violent racist.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Leo
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Rikke Louise Andersson ...
Louise
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Lea
Levino Jensen ...
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Joe
Ole Abildgaard ...
Videobutik Kunde
Gordana Radosavljevic ...
Mika
Marko Zecewic ...
Marko
Dusan Zecewic ...
Dusan
John Barimani ...
Kioskejer
Ramadan Huseini ...
Ven i Kiosk
Karsten Schrøder ...
Røde
Sven Erik Eskeland Larsen ...
Svend
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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 begins to become cold and distant. His anger and self-hatred finally erupt into violence against Louise. Written by Anonymous

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Other than Kitjo, all the main character's names begin with "L". See more »

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In the beginning, the TV set changes between a movie and a test image between shots. See more »

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Leo: What did you talk about?
Lenny: About films, I think...
Leo: About films?
Lenny: Yes...
Leo: So you did not talk at all?
Lenny: Yes, we did.
Leo: No, you talked about film. You have not talked at all. It's not normal. Did you fuck her? You have not fucked her. You have not touched her. Is that the way you see girls? That you talk to them, and then you don't fuck. them? That's not normal.
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'Bleeder' is a powerful and unforgettable movie comparable to the films of Gaspar Noe. Depressing yes, but highly recommended viewing.
19 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

As much as I enjoyed the super-hyped Dogma movies 'Festen', and 'Mifune', going by 'Bleeder' the real Danish director to watch is Nicolas Refn. He's an exciting talent, and will probably give Lars Von Trier a run for his money in a few films time. 'Bleeder' features a superb performance from Kim Bodnia ('Nattevagten'). He plays Leo, a guy who on the surface seems pretty normal, but who begins to crack up after his girlfriend Louise (Rikke Louise Andersson) unexpectedly announces her pregnancy, and he witnesses a shooting. This begins a descent into a living hell. The movie's bleak and depressing world view is balanced by the bittersweet sub-plot concerning video nerd Lenny (Mads Mikkelsen), and his attempt to "get a life". The scenes showing Lenny working in a to-die-for video store will make most film buffs drool! Lenny rattles off the stores inventory in a funny scene, and the movie is full of film talk from Lindsay Anderson to Fred Williamson, and even includes clips from William Lustig's exploitation classics 'Maniac' and 'Vigilante'. Refn definitely knows his stuff! 'Bleeder' is a powerful and unforgettable movie comparable to the films of Gaspar Noe ('I Stand Alone', 'Irreversible') and Gary Oldman's 'Nil by Mouth'. Depressing yes, but highly recommended viewing.


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