In Bruges

In Bruges

In Bruges

Hitmen Ray (Colin Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson) have been ordered to relax in the medieval Belgian city of Bruges (pronounced 'broozh') by their boss Harry (Ralph Fiennes) to cool their heads for a couple of weeks after a difficult job.

They are both a bit out of place amidst the ancient architecture, canals, and cobbled streets; Ray hates the place but the fatherly Ken rather enjoys the beauty and serenity. But the longer they stay waiting for Harry's call, the more surreal their experience becomes, as they find themselves in weird encounters with locals, tourists, violent medieval art, a dwarf American actor (Jordan Prentice) shooting a European art film, Dutch prostitutes, and a potential romance for Ray in the form of Chloë (Clémence Poésy), who may have some dark secrets of her own.

Director McDonagh made Six Shooter, also starring Brendan Gleeson, which earned him the 2006 Academy Award for Best Live-Action Short Film.

Best Actor (Comedy) for Colin Farrell, Golden Globes 2009.
2008Rating: MA15+, for strong bloody violence, pervasive language and some drug use94 minsUK, Belgium
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Closer to pics like “The Hit” and “Miller’s Crossing” than to McDonagh’s bristling, funny plays, this half-comic, half-serious account of two Irish hitmen who are sent to the titular Belgian burg to cool their heels after a job is moderately fair as a nutty character study, but overly far-fetched once the action kicks in.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Mr. Gleeson, Mr. Farrell and especially the late-arriving and welcome Mr. Fiennes have great fun rummaging around inside Mr. McDonagh’s modest bag of tricks.

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Salon

Salon

press

Dark, hilarious and oddly moving.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

A haunting and hypnotic movie, just the thing to get lost in.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

An endlessly surprising, very dark, human comedy, with a plot that cannot be foreseen but only relished.

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Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

This finale, which piles one bloody absurd epiphany on top of another almost ad infinitum, is where McDonagh lays all his cards on the table -- and his characters are the ones who have to pay up.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

With In Bruges, the British gangster movie gets a Croydon facelift. It may not be new, but it’s a wonderfully fresh take on a familiar genre: fucked-up, far-out and very, very funny.

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Thanks for the helpful reviews: Flicks and D F Stuckey. The movie drew me in with feeling and fairy tale despite the verbal and physical violence. The movie is full of ironic humour, such as a hit man saving his target, and flawed characters who are quite ironic in themselves because of those flaws. In this setting, the one flawless character - the...

5.0
0

i thought this was very good. my friend and i saw it and laughed our heads off. extremely entertaining.

5.0
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I always liked that Dorothy Parker line: You can lead a whore to culture... Travel is wasted on some people and with In Bruges we meet the ultimately unworthy tourist. There are just so many levels to enjoy this movie. It's a must see.

5.0
0

Absolutely perfect. I cannot think of a single thing to criticise.

5.0
0

funny as

5.0
0

Both moving and very funny. very enjoyable.

4.0
0

Imagine LOCK STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS filmed by Sam Peckinpah from a script by Spike Milligan and Dave Allen and you might get some inkling of this movie; from the first, the casula swearing and cynical asides of Ken (Gleeson) and Ray (Farrell) set their charcaters as the sort of charmers that the IRA sent over to the USA to gain funding - And even...

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Closer to pics like “The Hit” and “Miller’s Crossing” than to McDonagh’s bristling, funny plays, this half-comic, half-serious account of two Irish hitmen who are sent to the titular Belgian burg to cool their heels after a job is moderately fair as a nutty character study, but overly far-fetched once the action kicks in.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Mr. Gleeson, Mr. Farrell and especially the late-arriving and welcome Mr. Fiennes have great fun rummaging around inside Mr. McDonagh’s modest bag of tricks.

0
Salon

Salon

press

Dark, hilarious and oddly moving.

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

A haunting and hypnotic movie, just the thing to get lost in.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

An endlessly surprising, very dark, human comedy, with a plot that cannot be foreseen but only relished.

0
Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

This finale, which piles one bloody absurd epiphany on top of another almost ad infinitum, is where McDonagh lays all his cards on the table -- and his characters are the ones who have to pay up.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

With In Bruges, the British gangster movie gets a Croydon facelift. It may not be new, but it’s a wonderfully fresh take on a familiar genre: fucked-up, far-out and very, very funny.

0

Thanks for the helpful reviews: Flicks and D F Stuckey. The movie drew me in with feeling and fairy tale despite the verbal and physical violence. The movie is full of ironic humour, such as a hit man saving his target, and flawed characters who are quite ironic in themselves because of those flaws. In this setting, the one flawless character - the...

5.0
0

i thought this was very good. my friend and i saw it and laughed our heads off. extremely entertaining.

5.0
0

I always liked that Dorothy Parker line: You can lead a whore to culture... Travel is wasted on some people and with In Bruges we meet the ultimately unworthy tourist. There are just so many levels to enjoy this movie. It's a must see.

5.0
0

Absolutely perfect. I cannot think of a single thing to criticise.

5.0
0

funny as

5.0
0

Both moving and very funny. very enjoyable.

4.0
0

Imagine LOCK STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS filmed by Sam Peckinpah from a script by Spike Milligan and Dave Allen and you might get some inkling of this movie; from the first, the casula swearing and cynical asides of Ken (Gleeson) and Ray (Farrell) set their charcaters as the sort of charmers that the IRA sent over to the USA to gain funding - And even...

4.0
0