TITLE

In Bruges: Heaven or Hell?

AUTHOR(S)
O'Brien, Catherine
PUB. DATE
March 2012
SOURCE
Literature & Theology;Mar2012, Vol. 26 Issue 1, p93
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Film/Television Criticism
ABSTRACT
The tale of two foul-mouthed Irish contract killers hiding out in Belgium may initially appear incompatible with the writings of Saint Augustine of Hippo (354–430), the Latin Father of the Church. However, this article argues that Martin McDonagh's film In Bruges (2008, UK/USA) has the dimensions of an Augustinian drama, addressing themes raised in the theological epic City of God, including eschatology, sin, suicide, war and the nature of suffering. In 107 minutes—rather than the voluminous pages of Augustine's magnum opus—In Bruges offers an opportunity for its protagonists to ponder on some of life's most vital questions.
ACCESSION #
72134173

 

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