IN BRUGES – 6 Movie Clips

     January 14, 2008

When I heard that “In Bruges” was opening this year’sSundance FilmFestival, I was kind of shocked. After all, the movie gets released in early February and Sundance usually doesn’t pick a film for opening night that already has immediate distribution, so I knew something was up.

Cut to a recent conversation I had with someone who reads a lot of scripts. He told me that out of all the scripts he read in 2007, his two favorites were “Juno” and “In Bruges.” Since I loved “Juno,” I’d like to think my friend has good taste and his opinion on “In Bruges” must be correct.

If you haven’t heard of the film, it’s the feature debut from writer/director Martin McDonagh and it’s based on his own original screenplay. His plays (which include “The Lieutenant of Inishmore” and “The Pillowman”) have brought him two Olivier Awards and four Tony Award nominations. He wrote and directed “Six Shooter,” which earned him the 2006 Academy Award for Best Live-Action Short Film.

Since the movie not only opens Sundance, but also arrives in theater this February, Focus Features has started promoting the movie. So to help do that…I’ve just been provided 6 clips from the film. And before getting to them, here’s the official synopsis. Since the movie premieres later this week…I hope to have a review posted… assuming I get into the screening on Thursday.

“In Bruges” was filmed on location Bruges (pronounced “broozh”), the most well-preserved medieval city in the whole of Belgium, is a welcoming destination for travelers from all over the world. But for hit men Ray (Colin Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson), it could be their final destination a difficult job has resulted in the pair being ordered right before Christmas by their London boss Harry (Ralph Fiennes) to go and cool their heels in the storybook Flemish city for a couple of weeks.

Very much out of place amidst the gothic architecture, canals, and cobbled streets, the two hit men fill their days living the lives of tourists. Ray, still haunted by the bloodshed in London, hates the place, while Ken, even as he keeps a fatherly eye on Ray’s often profanely funny exploits, finds his mind and soul being expanded by the beauty and serenity of the city.

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. And when the call from Harry does finally come, Ken and Ray’s vacation becomes a life-and-death struggle of darkly comic proportions and surprisingly emotional consequences.

Movie Clip 1 – A must see

Movie Clip 2 – Ray meets Chloe

Movie Clip 3 – A balance between culture and fun

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Movie Clip 4 – Ken meets the dwarf

Movie Clip 5 – A matter of honor

Movie Clip 6 – This is the shootout

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