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In Bruges

UK | USA, English, 107 mins

  • Director: Martin McDonagh
  • Writer: Martin McDonagh
  • Producer: Jeff Abberley; Julia Blackman

CGiii Comment

In 2006, McDonagh won an Oscar for his short: Six Shooter.

This is his debut feature...and very well-received it was - making it into IMDb's Top 250.

The homophobia and misogyny are utterly repellant...

Gleeson delivers.

Farrell does the cutesy-puppy-dog routine that warrants more than a slap.

And, Fiennes - well, easily his worst performance.

These big named actors have been allowed to run rings around an inexperienced director - who obviously has aspirations of Tarantino, Richie et al.

He has a long way to go.


The(ir) Blurb...

London based hit men Ray and Ken are told by their boss Harry Waters to lie low in Bruges, Belgium for up to two weeks following their latest hit, which resulted in the death of an innocent bystander. Harry will be in touch with further instructions. While they wait for Harry's call, Ken, following Harry's advice, takes in the sights of the medieval city with great appreciation. But the charms of Bruges are lost on the simpler Ray, who is already despondent over the innocent death, especially as it was his first job. Things change for Ray when he meets Chloe, part of a film crew shooting a movie starring an American dwarf named Jimmy. When Harry's instructions arrive, Ken, for whom the job is directed, isn't sure if he can carry out the new job, especially as he has gained a new appreciation of life from his stay in the fairytale Bruges.

Cast & Characters

Elizabeth Berrington as Natalie;
Colin Farrell as Ray;
Jean-Marc Favorin as Policeman;
Ralph Fiennes as Harry Waters;
Brendan Gleeson as Ken;
Eric Godon as Yuri;
Zeljko Ivanek as Canadian Guy;
Sachi Kimura as Imamoto;
Anna Madeley as Denise

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