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      Bleeder

      1999 1h 40m Drama List
      Reviews 66% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Hard-drinking Leo (Kim Bodnia) likes to hit the bars and watch gory films with his introverted pal, Lenny (Mads Mikkelsen). His girlfriend, Louise (Rikke Louise Andersson), tends to stay in at the couple's Copenhagen apartment. Despite their differences, Leo and Louise have maintained a relationship for a long time; however, when Louise tells Leo that she's pregnant, he senses that his lifestyle will have to change, and his long-hidden hatred of his girlfriend violently erupts. Read More Read Less

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      Empire Magazine Rated: 2/5 Nov 13, 2001 Full Review C.H. Newell Father Son Holy Gore A close view of violent men; not in the movies, but in real life. Some men choose a life of brutality, others just choose life. Rated: 5/5 May 4, 2019 Full Review Antonia Quirke Independent on Sunday This is a stilted, dreary film -- and pretty derivative. Nov 27, 2017 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews A bleak, poignant and comical slice-of-life drama about working stiffs who can't relate to women, are immature and stuck in deadend jobs. Rated: B Jul 28, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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      R 9 Decent, but quite forgettable. A second flick from director Nicolas Winding Refn, as he gets all the old 'Pusher' gang back together: Kim Bodnia, Mads Mikkelsen and Zlatko Burić return onscreen together. The latter two are wasted, aside from some quips about cinema (I know Letterboxd ate that up!) and one aimless relationship subplot. I like what Bodnia provides as lead, even if his performance isn't too far adrift from what he gives in that aforementioned 1996 release. There is at least one scene involving an injection that will remain in my mind (not that it made the most sense, given the character's connection with the injecter's sibling but...). Aside from that though, I don't think 'Bleeder' offers all that much in my opinion. 6/10. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 09/26/23 Full Review Shiven K Refn's VHS cave nightmare masterwork. A violent and depraved mess with exuberant camerawork and near perfect acting. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 06/29/23 Full Review ari v Seemee pretty stitched-together. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Another early gem from Nicolas Winding Refn. Following on from his debut Pusher, Refn assembles his same actors again and delivers another low-brow slice of realism in Danish working class lives. The narrative is essentially split between Kim Bodnia's Leo and Mads Mikkelsen's Lenny and how they both navigate their love lives. Although this may sound simple it has some devastating results that are certainly not out of place in a Refn film. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Playful storytelling in this split story. There's a homage to films in one story, feeling going nowhere is the other one, the mix is great! Lenny is a movie buff, working at the video shop. He watches twelve filmes a week and only talks about films. He watches them in a basment with some buddies once in a while, Leo is one of them. Leo has a crap job, a shabby place and a pregnant girl that he is treating bad. He is fed with this world and is angry at everyone. It does not help that Louis is his girls brother and he is tight with the guys too. Some of them are rugged fellas. Guns and beatings, there some racisism here, making sure there are enemies everywhere. Superb script, funny and on point. It's all well acted out by great Danish actors in the starts of their careers, it's cool to see a young Mikkelsen and a young Bodnia doing very nice acting jobs. It's also one of Refn's first efforts - great stuff indeed. Fresh quality. Neat atmosphere, some underlaying suspence and gory and rugged when needed. The film has loads of style, it's not overdone but always gritty and sincere. 8 out of 10 VHSes. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Winding Refns usual suspects, exploring the underground once again, rooting from a full throttle videostore. Crazy people makes crazy action, no doubt. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Hard-drinking Leo (Kim Bodnia) likes to hit the bars and watch gory films with his introverted pal, Lenny (Mads Mikkelsen). His girlfriend, Louise (Rikke Louise Andersson), tends to stay in at the couple's Copenhagen apartment. Despite their differences, Leo and Louise have maintained a relationship for a long time; however, when Louise tells Leo that she's pregnant, he senses that his lifestyle will have to change, and his long-hidden hatred of his girlfriend violently erupts.
      Director
      Nicolas Winding Refn
      Screenwriter
      Nicolas Winding Refn
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      Danish
      Runtime
      1h 40m