During his nightly excursions he sparks up a romance with Chloe (Clemence Poesy), a local drug dealer and thief, who moonlights as a production assistant, and befriends dwarf actor Jimmy (Jordan Prentice). A date with Chloe results in a confrontation with a Canadian couple, and later her jealous partner-in-crime, while a cocaine party reveals Jimmy's racial prejudices. Ken finally receives a call from Harry, with the dreaded instructions to kill Ray. His killing of a child, even accidentally, is unforgivable, and Harry insists that Ray must face the penalty. Ken meets with one of Harry's Belgian associates, picks up a handgun and follows Ray to the park with the intention to kill him. He discovers on arrival that Ray, wracked to the edge with guilt, has decided to end his own life. Concerned for his young colleague he stops Ray's suicide, instead of obeying his boss' instructions. Convincing Ray to leave the city and keep moving, Ken calls Harry to personally reveal the situation. An enraged Harry consequently makes his way to Bruges to take care of business himself, culminating in an exciting and intense showdown amidst the lively town centre by night.
In Bruges is certainly an adult drama; the profanity is frequent but used to great comedic effect, and the violence is quite intense. It is also a very emotionally literate film. Ray has committed a very grave sin. Assigned to kill a priest, he decides to pull the trigger during confession of all places. In the ensuing shots, one of the bullets exist the body and strikes an alter boy in the head. This is a horrible situation, but you can't help but feel terribly for Ray, because he is so obviously remorseful. While you are against Harry taking down Ray, you also feel that he has every right too. It is a film that tears your emotions apart, but remains consistently engaging and entertaining, a rare gem to be successful at both.
My Rating: 4 1/2 Stars (A-)