After a difficult job in London, two hit men hide out in Bruges. Their views on life and their lifestyle gets murky when they become acquainted with the locals and other tourists and entangled in a new scene. Bruges, the most well-preserved medieval city in the whole of Belgium, is a welcoming destination for travellers from all over the world. But for hit men Ray and Ken, it could be their final destination; a difficult job has resulted in the pair being ordered right before Christmas by their London boss Harry to go and cool their heels in the storybook Flemish city for a couple of weeks. Very much out of place amidst the gothic architecture, canals, and cobbled streets, the two hit men fill their days living the lives of tourists. Ray, still haunted by the bloodshed in London, hates the place, while Ken, even as he keeps a fatherly eye on Rayâ€™s often profanely funny exploits, finds his mind and soul being expanded by the beauty and serenity of the city. But the longer they stay waiting for Harryâ€™s call, the more surreal their experience becomes, as they find themselves in weird encounters with locals, tourists, violent medieval art, a dwarf American actor shooting a European art film, Dutch prostitutes, and a potential romance for Ray in the form of ChloÃ«, who may have some dark secrets of her own. And when the call from Harry does finally come, Ken and Rayâ€™s vacation becomes a life-and-death struggle of darkly comic proportions and surprisingly emotional consequences.
Oscar Nominations of 2008:
- Best Screenplay (Original)