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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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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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In preparation for his role as Lenny, actor Mads Mikkelsen sat alone and worked in a Video-rental shop for some weeks. See more »

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

Quotes

Leo: Have you seen this one?
Lenny: What?
Leo: [Pulls a gun]
Lenny: Is it real?
Leo: Yes.
Lenny: No, it's not...
Leo: Hold it. Real. It is loaded. With sharp rounds.
Lenny: Is there something in it?
Leo: Yes.
Lenny: What are you going to do with it?
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Dark and realistic.
25 June 2004 | by (Turku, Finland) – See all my reviews

Nicolas Winding Refn, the genius behind the excellent "Pusher" sets new standards for danish movies with his new opus "Bleeder". Leo, played by the magnificent actor Kim Bodnia, is gradually going insane as his wife gets pregnant. He feels his life fade away and asks himself how he can put a child into a world that's raw and how they can afford to have one.

The atmosphere is two parts Scorcese's "Taxi Driver" and one part Franz Kafka's "Der Prozess", not very moody in other words. A sub-story about Leo's buddy searching for a girl relieves the pressure a bit, which is for the better as it also adds depth to the movie.

The violence feels very realistic and is sometimes even hard to watch, it's like it all is happening for real. The realistic approach makes this movie feel fresh and not like something you've seen before. After I saw this movie I was left with an uneasy feeling in my stomach and I knew I've seen something very rear and very good.

Nicolas Winding Refn is worth the highest of praise for making a movie like this. It's just what European moviemaking needs.

9/10


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