In Bruges a Dark Comedy of Idle Hitmen
by Watch Staff
Apr 17, 2008 | 415 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
TELLURIDE – They are hitmen hiding out. After a botched job in London, Ray (Colin Farrel) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson) are sent to Bruges (pronounced “broozh”) to cool their heels until getting the all clear from mob boss Harry (Ralph Feinnes).

Telluride Film Festival presents In Bruges (2008), directed by Martin McDonagh, Thursday, April 24, at the Nugget Theatre, 8:30 p.m.

While in Bruges, a storybook city of gothic architecture and cobbled streets, the two men must play the role of tourists, unwillingly so by Ray, but relished by Ken. While Ken, who is relaxed and philosophical, sees this as a vacation, the impulsive, irritable and seemingly caffeinated Ray considers Bruges the last place he wants to be and ultimately finds ways to stir up trouble.

As their experience becomes more and more surreal, they find themselves in strange encounters with locals, tourists, prostitutes, and potential romance in the form of Chloë (Clémence Poésy).

“It’s McDonagh's gift for language that makes this film uniquely tasty…get ready to have the rug pulled out from under you,” wrote Peter Travers in Rolling Stone. “In Bruges isn’t about the narrative logic espoused by television. It's about wounds inflicted on the human heart. The actors are spectacular. In Bruges is a haunting and hypnotic movie, just the thing to get lost in.”

The film is rated R and runs 107 minutes. Tickets are $8; no Nugget Passes, please.

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