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<i>In Bruges</i>: Heaven or Hell?

Catherine O'Brien

in Literature and Theology

Volume 26, issue 1, pages 93-105
Published in print March 2012 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online December 2011 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/frr057
In Bruges: Heaven or Hell?

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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.

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Subjects: Literature ; Religion and Art, Literature, and Music

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