“Simply brilliant… uncompromising… refuses to pull a single punch.” -Matt McNally, BBC
“Matures beyond genre elements to embrace deeper questions or morality and identity” -Eddie Cockrell, Variety
“A European version of The Sopranos. These movies make your stomach churn and your head pound… you’ll be left deeply uneasy, yet longing for more.” -Nick Funnell, Time Out London
Nicolas Winding Refn’s 1996 feature film debut is a violent, edgy cult classic that established Refn as an uncompromising filmmaker of great talent and depth. Throughout the entire PUSHER trilogy, the he effortlessly blends moody atmospherics and frenetic action, portraying his characters with depth and confidence, and subtly interweaving their tales so that a minor character in one film moves to the fore to become the central character of the next. The resulting trilogy stands as a masterful reinvention of international crime cinema, as poignantly human as it is brutally and viscerally realized.
PUSHER is the story of Frank (Kim Bodnia, IN CHINA THEY EAT DOGS), a small-time drug dealer who is about to experience the worst week of his life. After a complicated heroin deal goes wrong, Frank finds himself massively in debt to the Balkan drug baron Milo (Zlatko Buric). The squeeze is on and as the week passes the pressure mounts, with Frank trying to repay the money in the face of Milo’s increasing frustration and his own latent self-destructiveness. As Frank launches one last desperate push to raise the missing funds, it appears less and less likely he will manage to emerge from this hellish week unscathed.
Danish, Swedish, Serbian