Martin McDonagh's first feature casts Collin Farrell as a a hitman who's accidentally killed a young boy during a job gone wrong. Along with his partner, he's sent by his boss to the city of Bruges where he is to await orders. To say more would spoil the surprises of one of the best-written movies of the last ten years.

Farrell is easily at his best here, especially during his fight against a drug-addled dwarf that signals the film's swerve into absurdist humor. In Bruges is so dark, it's nearly a tragedy. But the threat of tears make the subversive laughs all the better.