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Pusher (1996)

Director:
Nicolas Winding Refn
COUNTRY
Denmark
GENRE
Crime/Drama
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Pusher

RUNNING TIME
106 minutes

Producer:
Henrik Danstrup
Screenwriter:
Nicolas Winding Refn
Jens Dahl


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Frank Kim Bodnia
Milo Zlatko Buric ½
Vic Laura Drasbęk
Radovan Slavko Labovic
Tonny Mads Mikkelsen
Hasse Peter Andersson -
Drug Addict Thomas Bo Larsen

 

Review

This is a powerful, violent and unpolished portrayal of life on the streets of Copenhagen, filmed with low-end equipment and edited with a rushed, bumpy style which makes you feel you're right there in this mire with these guys. Whether this is a wholly conscious choice or partly because of the low budget, I don't know. But there's little doubt that Pusher has extensive knowledge about the world it smuggles us into. And writer/director Nicolas Winding Refn has a clear voice; he wants to tell us something, but never preach. In this respect, Pusher has similarities with Larry Clark's Kids. Both movies have a partly documentarian feel, and both portray life on the streets with a combination of adamancy and warmth. The talented Kim Bodnia (who showed what he could do as Jens in Ole Bornedal's Nattevagten) plays the title role with skill. It's a tough and challenging part, as we follow Frank through a week-long downward spiral in a world where trust is hard to achieve, but easy to break down. There's also fine supporting work from Mads Mikkelsen as Bodnia's partner in crime.

Copyright © 13.10.1997 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
(English version: © 01.11.2020 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang)