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In Bruges Analysis: Themes of Redemption

The Who & The What #005

In Bruges Analysis: Themes of Redemption

Watch my In Bruges analysis in this video essay, which explores the screenplay’s character development and themes of redemption. 

In Bruges explained priest death

The story is about two hitmen, Ray and Ken, who are sent to Bruges after a job goes horribly wrong.

The story plays out amongst the Catholic textures and gothic architecture that adorn the city. 

This physical space is a fitting backdrop for a story about redemption, which is explored in the character dynamics as the story progresses.

Flexing his grasp of subtlety, McDonagh creates a sense that the two characters are in purgatory as they await judgement from their boss, Harry.

In Bruges explained Ken Ray

The mystery of what went wrong is revealed later in the story, as it transpires that Ray accidentally murdered a small boy after carrying out a hit on a priest.

When Harry finally makes contact, Ken is thrown into a moral dilemma, as he is ordered to murder his best friend, which is ultimately what brings depth and scope to the script’s central theme of redemption.

Throughout the video essay, I present the screenwriting techniques that McDonagh uses to enhance conflict and character development.

In Bruges ending bell tower Ken and Harry

If you want to see an In Bruges analysis by a professional screenplay consultant, this video essay is a must-watch.

Learn how the story’s theme is interwoven through the primary characters and gain a deeper understanding of the screenwriting craft. 

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Nick Fore Script Doctor / Script Consultant

Nick Fore is an experienced script consultant who reads screenplays for the British Film Institute.


He has written comprehensive coverage on over 1,000 scripts and has helped screenwriters get their work into development with production companies such as Imagine Entertainment and Screen Ireland. 

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