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Förening Film i Malmö presents
Dir. Martin McDonagh
english w. swedish subtitles
Starring Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ciaran Hinds
Farrell’s assured performance lifts this one above the routine, the consequences of his career choice pushing him fitfully towards an inevitable meltdown. Some might consider opting for high-calibre drama over whiz-bang action a risky venture, but McDonagh ensures that his film packs enough emotional ammunition to make it a sure-fire hit.
When a job goes wrong for fledgling trigger man Ray (Colin Farrell), he and weary colleague Ken (Brendan Gleeson) are packed off to Bruges to lie low and await the wrath of their boss Harry (played with stony malignance by Ralph Fiennes). Once there, Ray wrestles with guilt over his actions, but also makes the time to find fault in the medieval architecture, overweight Americans, sniffy Canadians and a racially obsessed dwarf. The story gets weirder and weirder but is never short on intrigue or laugh out loud moments, as Ray and Ken avoid the ire of the big boss while getting in a bit of light tourism. Courtesy of Tae Mawson at BBC