Julian, a drug-smuggler thriving in Bangkok's criminal underworld, sees his life get even more complicated when his mother compels him to find and kill whoever is responsible for his brother's recent death.
Nicolas Winding Refn
Kristin Scott Thomas,
A young man who was sentenced to seven years in prison for robbing a post office ends up spending three decades in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by his alter-ego, Charles Bronson.
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.
Nicolas Winding Refn
Rikke Louise Andersson
In the 16th century in the Cévennes, a horse dealer by the name of Michael Kohlhaas leads a happy family life. When a lord treats him unjustly, he raises an army and puts the country to fire and sword in order to have his rights restored.
1000 AD, for years, One Eye, a mute warrior of supernatural strength, has been held prisoner by the Norse chieftain Barde. Aided by Are, a boy slave, One Eye slays his captor and together he and Are escape, beginning a journey into the heart of darkness. On their flight, One Eye and Are board a Viking vessel, but the ship is soon engulfed by an endless fog that clears only as the crew sights an unknown land. As the new world reveals its secrets and the Vikings confront their terrible and bloody fate, One Eye discovers his true self.Written by
One-Eye was a nickname for Oden (Odin), who in the Norse legends gave one of his eyes as a sacrifice to the well of Mimer to get wisdom. The sacrifice also gave him the power to see hidden things. See more »
When 'One Eye' is carrying Bardes decapitated head the headband on it is white in color, but when he puts it on the spike it's black. See more »
Endless warfare. It makes more tramps than heroes. But you should come with us to Jerusalem. Your sins will be absolved, wither you live or die. You will see your loved ones again.
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"In the beginning there was only man and nature. Men came bearing crosses and drove the heathen to the fringes of the earth." See more »
Nicolas Winding Refn has enjoyed enormous popularity in his home country Denmark and - I must admit as well - his pushers-bleeders-drivers are at least good, if not great. As for the film in question, he apparently wanted to create something spiritual for a change - and going back to the roots of his nation. The result, however, is an artistic film usually praised by critics and skipped by audiences: long nature scenes, long scenes without talking, stills, narrative chapter composition etc. Or in other words, you can valuate the visions of the director, cameramen and producers, but the story has limited number of twists and hollow ending; it was not annoying thanks to short duration only (less than 1,5 hours).
As for the cast, most of them originated from Scotland (where the film was shot as well), but they were ordinary, uninviting to me. Mads Mikkelsen is great as usual (even though he plays a silent character, One-Eye), the other actor I liked was Maarten Stevenson as The Boy. And women were shown for around 10 seconds for the whole film...
As if Tarkovsky meets Malick for something pretentious... Recommended in the event of forward-function available and/or in the male company.
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