Film ’In Bruges’

 

British gangsters Ray (Colin Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson) hole up in a Bruges hotel at Christmas, awaiting orders from their psychopathic boss Harry (Ralph Fiennes)

In Bruges is a quirky, black comedy, that appears to have come out of nowhere to win big awards and plaudits. The film was nominated for the best screenplay Oscar, narrowly missing out to Milk. It did win Colin Farrell a best actor golden globe though, and writer/director McDonagh was justly rewarded with best screenplay at the 2009 Baftas.

The setting is what makes the story and the oddball characters all the more absurd. Lying low after a botched job, hitmen Ken and Ray are sent to Bruges to await further orders from the boss man Harry. There they encounter an array of colourful characters including a beautiful drug dealer (Clemence Posey), a racist dwarf (Jordan Prentice) and an assortment of irksome tourists. The In Bruges dialogue is always sharp and dry witted, revealing a relationship between the two leads that is part sarcasm, part genuine affection. And although the strange encounters along the way appear random at first, McDonagh’s clever script ties all the loose ends together in a stunning final denouement.