Real Human Beings: Realism, Pressure, and Time in the Pusher Trilogy

Alison Taylor, Jason Jacobs*

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48 page bound book - Pusher a collection of behind-the-scenes, experiences and art

The Pusher films are parables of pressure. Like a microcosmic Les Rougon-Macquart of Copenhagen's underworld, the trilogy comprises three intersecting but distinct portraits of men beholden to the ruthless contingencies of criminal life. In their respective films, drug dealer, Frank (Kim Bodnia), his feckless accomplice, Tonny (Mads Mikkelsen), and minor drug lord, Milo (Zlato Buric) are caught between the tensions of making do in a hostile world fraught immanent violence, and the everyday challenges of maintaining human relationships. The milieu captured is as vivid as it is deglamourised; Refn's subjects are not criminal masterminds, or even heavyweights, but ordinary, undignified, often pathetic figures whose struggles are nonetheless compelling.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUmbrella Entertainment
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2023


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