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Returning to 'Bruges'

Posted at 2:22 PM on March 23, 2008 by Euan Kerr

Seeing a film for a second time allows consideration of some of the finer points. Returning to a film like Martin McDonagh's "In Bruges," filled as it is with twists and surprises, may seem like a strange decision, but it really does deliver on a second viewing.

The careful construction of McDonagh's script with the foreshadowing of key events becomes so much clearer. Also there are so many moments to relish, such as the dinner between Ray (Colin Farrell) and Chloe (Clemence Poesy) where they are on a first date. They are both completely honest about what they do for a living (hitman and drug-dealer respectively,) but neither is sure whether the other is kidding or not.

There is also an incredible bit where Ray's accomplice Ken (Brendan Gleeson) takes a call from Harry, their boss. The camera follows Gleeson around the room as he tries to humor Harry, and also work out the real reason why he has sent him and Ray to Bruges. Gleeson's face is incredible to watch, as the expression on his face rarely matches the words coming out of his mouth. It's masterful.

But no-one will remember it come Oscar time of course.

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