Very dark stuff, this. There are moments of black comedy, but mostly this is a rather somber look at a pair of fascinating hit men who are sent to the beautiful medieval city of Bruges, Belgium, because they are too hot for the British isles where they "work".
Colin Ferrell plays the younger and more volatile hit man, who harbors the dark secret that he screwed up on his last job and killed a little boy. Brendan Gleason portrays the older and wiser hit man #2. Ralph Fiennes plays the mob boss who has put them on ice, then soon reconsiders and decides that one of them must take the fall.
Fans of the Harry potter movies will recognize Fiennes of course- he is Voldemort. Gleason of course is mad Eye Moody, and French Starlet Clemence Poesie is the "Fleur Delacour" character from the French counterpart of Hogwarts in the Goblet of Fire episode. The camera likes her by the way, she is attractive. And she can act, which is abundantly true of every person in this film.
Actually, it is a pleasure to watch a film like this that has so much to say about good and evil in human existence. The ironies, the choices, the things that drive us to idealism or to despair in life. The fact that even very evil humans can do one good thing, and even very good human beings can make one mistake. Oh yeah, one more thing. Bruges Belgium is actually one of the most beautiful towns in the world. I have been there. It's not purgatory, or a "s******e" as the colin Ferrell character calls it. His feelings of course can be excused because of his circumstances.
Wouldn't you rather watch something like this than a Will Ferrell movie? Not that I hate Will Ferrell, he has a reason to live, it's okay. It's just that life is too short to miss out on really deep thoughtful and graceful films like this one that keep pushing ideas and images into your mind long after the final blackout.