In Bruges: How to craft great characters through setups and payoffs

Reclosur Pictures showcases In Bruges in this video essay, illustrating how the opening successfully sets the tone for the film as a comedy with a dark tone and introduces the contrast between the film’s two main characters. He then highlights the ways in which the film builds characterization early on, delineating each character’s unique belief systems which leads to satisfying payoffs when characters are faced with difficult decisions later in the film.


Setups & Payoffs

Black Comedy


Martin McDonagh

In Bruges