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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:
Kim Bodnia ... Leo
Mads Mikkelsen ... Lenny
Rikke Louise Andersson ... Louise
Liv Corfixen ... Lea
Levino Jensen ... Louis
Zlatko Buric ... Kitjo
Claus Flygare ... Joe
Ole Abildgaard Ole Abildgaard ... Videobutik Kunde
Gordana Radosavljevic Gordana Radosavljevic ... Mika
Marko Zecewic Marko Zecewic ... Marko
Dusan Zecewic Dusan Zecewic ... Dusan
John Barimani John Barimani ... Kioskejer
Ramadan Huseini Ramadan Huseini ... Ven i Kiosk
Karsten Schrøder Karsten Schrøder ... Røde
Sven Erik Eskeland Larsen Sven Erik Eskeland Larsen ... Svend
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Storyline

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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Crime | Drama

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Official Sites:

official-site in Danish

Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish | Serbian

Release Date:

6 August 1999 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Krvarenje See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Kamikaze See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Kim Bodnia (Leo) and Rikke Louise Andersson (Louise) married later in real life and Liv Corfixen (Lea) married director Nicolas Winding Refn. See more »

Goofs

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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References Dixie Dynamite (1976) See more »

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Sick Science
Performed by Peter Kyed
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Good, but not great...
4 April 2001 | by McBuffSee all my reviews

Expectations were high following Refn´s knockout debut "Pusher". The gritty realism of that movie is in part recreated in "Bleeder", but instead of just treading water and doing a Pusher remake, this is much more stylish in its theme and cinematography (e.g. the main characters´ names all start with L; Leo, Lenny, Lea etc. - almost every image seems meticulously composed and lit). The soundtrack seems to be more carefully chosen, supporting the emotions of the characters, seen in the great opening sequence. What ultimately makes Bleeder a minor film compared to Pusher, despite brilliant performances and a downbeat, even oppressive atmosphere, is a fatal lack of the kinetic energy of Pusher, which makes Bleeder a bit dull in spots. The scenes in the video store remind you of Clerks, but are not as funny, and a true movie fan would never mistake blaxploitation star Fred Williamson for Fred Williams (as mentioned in a scene between Bodnia and Mikkelsen), especially considering the hilarious scene in which Mikkelsen incredibly lists the video store´s selection of 50+ schlock directors. I admit that Bleeder has a way of staying with you afterwards, but I had expected a bit more from Refn. Rumours of star Bodnia being committed to a mental institution following the final days of shooting were false and exaggerated by the tabloid press.


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