Another film I saw at the Edinburgh International Film Festival was Pusher. It’s crazy, amazing and all around good film about drug dealers in London.
It’s a remake of Nicolas Winding Refn’s 1996 danish film of the same name and see’s the lead Frank go from being on top of his game to possibly dead in a week. Frank is a drug dealer who gets in over his head when he makes a deal worth too much and can’t pay his drug lord, Milo. As he panics over the week to get the money together his world falls apart. The only good thing is Flo, his girlfriend, who leaves him as well. He eventually gets what he thinks is a great deal to his debts but to the audience it’s clear he’s an idiot to believe that a powerful drug lord would cancel his debts. He’s a small time drug dealer who got in over his head that ultimately will kill him.
A good fast paced contemporary crime drama that has been remade from a Danish cult classic to the representation of London’s dark night life. Spanish director Luis Preito’s direction on this film shows he can direct different genre’s and languages effectively. As his first English speaking film it’s definitely a must watch.