I continue my trek through Nicolas Winding Refn’s back catalogue with a first look at his second feature. Using much the same cast as Pusher, this is a far looser, less narrative-driven story. Mads Mikkelsen gets a more sympathetic role, as video store clerk Lenny, but the story’s real focus is on Kim Bodnia’s Leo – an expectant father who is driven to violence by his inner demons, incurring the wrath of his girlfriend’s thuggish brother in the process. Very similar in tone and aesthetic to Refn’s previous film, it spirals into far darker, more violent territory – as it’s title might suggest.

Read my interview with Nicolas Winding Refn here