In Bruges

Merry Christmas to Film Fascists everywhere!

And huge thanks to Sam who hosted another fantastic Christmas screening, complete with lamb meatballs, and delicious raspberry brownies from Comrade Jess.

 Choosing an appropriate seasonal movie has always been an interesting challenge since MNFC’s inception, and following in the footsteps of Blancanieves, Sam chose the brilliantly dark comedy In Bruges.

Film Title: In Bruges

Whilst not typical of the usual seasonal genre, cleverly Sam chose this film because it is indeed set around Christmas.  The city of Bruges, where the film is set, almost becomes a character in the film in  it’s own right, and also produces a beautiful wintery backdrop to the sinister and violent events that occur within.  As Ralph Fiennes’ character says, it’s like a fairy tale city.  The trouble is with MNFC, that just like Blancanieves, our fairy tales often fall on the darker side…

In Bruges is no exception, as it tells the tale of two hitmen (played by Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson) who are sent to Bruges by their boss Harry (Fiennes) to await further instructions.  The film is incredibly funny in a typically dark British vein (reminiscent of subsequent British dark comedies such as Sightseers).  And we all felt that it is perhaps Colin Farrell’s finest performance in any of his films that we could recollect.

As was mentioned last night by the fascists who had been to Bruges, you can do the “In Bruges trail“, and if you happen to be in Belgium get hold of one of these maps for a tour of the film.  Make sure you avoid ze alcoves in the Astrid Park however.  And make sure you pack some Dumdums

This review being a little shorter than recent ones is partly on account to the wine drunk last night, and also my first taste of a Snowball.  Christmas has definitely arrived!  Also, I’m sat watching Harry Potter on ITV, and it seems that the whole of the In Bruges cast is in it!  All I’m waiting for now is Colin Farrell to turn up dressed as a goblin.  And has anyone seen Ralph Fienne’s nose?

Best wishes and merry Christmas to you all.  Until January 19th, when we return to Helen’s and kick off 2015!



This Tuesday Review’s kind of like the in-betweeny one.  It wasn’t really shit, but it wasn’t all that great either. Like Tottenham.

3 thoughts on “In Bruges

  1. There is a great sub-genre of Christmas action films. Somehow a patina of snow adds something to adventurous (if violent) films. Maybe it makes them slightly more acceptably “unreal” and extraordinary. It’s not real life, it’s hyper-life. Either way, more please. What’s the MNFS top ten list of alt-Christmas flicks then, eh?

  2. Also, C.R.A.Z.Y. is worth a look too – the kid in it has his birthday on Christmas day, so the film’s often set at Christmas although not actually about Christmas at all really.

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