Pusher (Nicolas Winding Refn – 1996) A

Hyper and fast. It’s a week or so in the life of a low-level drug dealer who messes up a deal and now he is trying desperately to find money from somewhere anywhere so that he can live another day. It’s like hanging with real-life versions of Vincent and Jules from Pulp Fiction. I say real because Frank (Kim Bodnia) and Tonny (a very young Mads Mikkelsen) seem like they are plucked out of the slums of Copenhagen, not paid actors. The low budget and frenetic hand held action adds layers to this film beyond the basic plot.

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