When I heard that “In Bruges” was opening this year’sSundance Film Festival I was kind of shocked. After all, the movie gets released in early February and Sundance usually doesn’t pick a movie that already has immediate distribution, so I knew something was up with the film.
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” and thought the script was great, I’d like to think my friend has good taste and his opinion on “In Bruges” must be dead on.
If you haven’t heard of the film yet, 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,” starring Brendan Gleeson, which earned him the 2006 Academy Award for Best Live-Action Short Film.
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
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.
Anyway, Focus Features has just sent me two TV spots from the movie and they’ve also provided me with a ton of new images. And just like last year, I’ll be attending this January’s Sundance Film Festival so look for a review in a few weeks. Until then, enjoy the videos, images and have a great holiday!