This past weekend I saw the trailer for In Bruges with No Country for Old Men. It looked very funny and I suppose you’d have to categorize it under Quirky Black Comedy. The film will open the Sundance Film Festival a little over a month from now, so I found it odd to see a trailer for it at a movie theater. Generally trailers are only shown for movies that are “coming soon to a theater near you” but after some checking I see that this has already been picked up by Focus Features for at least a limited release in February ’08.
I don’t think this will be a big hit with mainstream audiences, but it looks like one of those little indie flicks that might end up being considered an undiscovered gem.
The movie is about hit men Ray (Colin Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson). After a tough “job” in London, they are ordered by their boss Harry (Ralph Fiennes) to head to Bruges, Belgium. They find themselves out of their element and are drawn into increasingly dangerous goings on with locals, tourists, and a film production.
So that at least answers your question as to what the heck “Bruges” means. It’s pronounced like “rouge” except add the “b” up front.
Lousy, horrible title IMHO, but hey, it’s not my job to name movies, just talk about them. I’m pretty sure that if people won’t even know how to pronounce the title that’s a bad thing, though…
The version of the trailer I watched was approved for all audiences, but be warned that the one below is chock full of F-bombs and other colorful language that you may find offensive.
In Bruges premieres at the Sundance Film Festival on January 17th, 2008.