In Bruges

Shoot first. Sightsee later.
Shoot first. Sightsee later.
D: Martin McDonagh
Universal (Graham Broadbent & Pete Czernin)
UK/Belgium 2008
107 mins


W: Martin McDonagh
DP: Eigil Bryld
Ed: Jon Gregory
Mus: Carter Burwell
PD: Michael Carlin

Colin Farrell (Ray), Brendan Gleeson (Ken Daley), Ralph Fiennes (Harry Waters), Clemence Poésy (Chloe Villette), Jeremie Rénier (Eirik), Jordan Prentice (Jimmy), Ciaran Hinds (The Priest)

Colin Farrell & Brendan Gleeson play two disgraced gangsters sent to the town of Bruges (it's in Belgium) by their mobster boss Ralph Fiennes (doing his best impression of Ben Kingsley in Sexy Beast) while he decides what action to take.
Gleeson is enjoying the break, taking in the wealth of art and culture, whilst Farrell is moping around, incredibly bored, spending his evenings getting drunk, snorting cocaine, trying to romance a local lady (Clemence Poésy) and striking up a friendship with a racist dwarf.
The film is incredibly political incorrect, even going as far as comparing the Belgian town with purgatory. One of very few movies for which the genre classification "black comedy" is particularly apt, containing great performances and some very funny one-liners (although some will most certainly offend the PC brigade).

Brendan Gleason & Colin Farrell in In Bruges
Brendan Gleason & Colin Farrell in In Bruges