The Brothers Bloom

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Overview

When the younger of two notorious sibling con artists announces a plan to go legit, his brother implores him to carry out one last swindle in the eagerly anticipated sophomore feature from Brick writer/director Rian Johnson. Tired of a life on the run, a confidence man who has dedicated his life to the art of the grift decides to call it quits. Despite his plans to leave his criminal past behind, however, the reluctant scammer finds that his brother has masterminded one last scheme to claim the wealth of an ...
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Overview

When the younger of two notorious sibling con artists announces a plan to go legit, his brother implores him to carry out one last swindle in the eagerly anticipated sophomore feature from Brick writer/director Rian Johnson. Tired of a life on the run, a confidence man who has dedicated his life to the art of the grift decides to call it quits. Despite his plans to leave his criminal past behind, however, the reluctant scammer finds that his brother has masterminded one last scheme to claim the wealth of an eccentric millionaire Rachel Weisz. With the opportunity to make enough money so that he would be able to live comfortably even if his legitimate endeavors fail, the heretofore unrepentant con man finds it increasingly difficult to refuse his sibling's potentially profitable endeavor.
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Special Features

Audio commentary with director Rian Johnson and producer Ram Bergman; From Skech to Celluloid, the ultimate film fan's look at the evolution of the Brothers Bloom; an in-depth featurette offering a backstage pass in bloom: behind the scenes; plus over 35 minutes of never-before-seen deleted scenes and an image gallery
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Editorial Reviews

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A whimsical throwback to old-fashioned con movies like Trouble in Paradise and Charade, The Brothers Bloom is pretty freaking delightful. It's the sophomore effort of writer/director Rian Johnson, whose debut film, Brick, melded neo-noir dialogue and high school drama into one uniform, hyper-stylized alloy. The Brothers Bloom mixes modes in this way as well, but it draws on a broader catalogue of inspiration, and definitely goes for something way more boisterous and playful. It starts with the fabled backstory of the two main characters, con artist brothers Stephen a heavy, grizzled-looking Mark Ruffalo and Bloom a gaunt, vulnerable-looking Adrien Brody, whose childhood was spent shuffling about from one foster family to another, showing up in each new town wearing weird matching black jackets and bowler hats, ready to perform some con on the neighborhood that would make them a quick buck before some grown-up caught on and they were kicked out again. Present day finds the two working at the top of their game, bilking their marks out of millions with the help of their third wheel, the badass Japanese minx Bang Bang comic genius Rinko Kikuchi, who previously earned notice for her dramatic work in Babel, an expert in firepower, demolition, and being the hilariously silent Harpo Marx of the cadre. However, Bloom, the younger of the two, is suffering from what's apparently been an ongoing existential crisis about his occupation as a confidence man. His brother has always masterminded their grand long-form cons or, as they call them, plays, writing parts for Bloom that put his enormous puppy-dog eyes and sensitive, soft-spoken demeanor to work, making women fall in love with him, and usually hand over their cash/jewels/priceless artifacts soon after. But Bloom is unsatisfied; he wants what he calls an "unwritten life." He retires to a quaint but lavish seaside villa in the cliffs of Montenegro one of a few super-European locations that the film uses to play up the ornate, timeless charm, but within a few months, Stephen finds him and proposes one last play before Bloom hangs up his spurs for good. Heiress and shut-in Penelope Stamp an almost impossibly cute Rachel Weisz has a lot of money and apparently, a lot of hobbies it would be a crime to spoil it, but the montage of all the pastimes she's mastered over the course of her isolated life is just priceless. So the brothers engineer a plan that can offer her some fun and excitement while it offers them the chance to pad their bank accounts with a few million of her many, many millions of dollars. Of course, Bloom ends up falling in love with her for real, and we know that part of the plan could be Stephen's way of giving Bloom the life he wants, so like in any good con movie, the trick is sometimes on the audience. As we try to figure out what's real and what's just part of a play, we also have to wonder whether we're in on it -- which is part of the fun. The extreme quirkiness, both in the characters and the art direction, is so meticulously peculiar, you may have flashes of Wes Anderson. But Johnson has a much less specific palette when it comes to this stuff, and for the most part, things aren't terminally idiosyncratic, they're just quaint. Johnson still shows an affinity for contrasting the modern with the old-timey; the characters are always seen in rumpled three-piece suits, darling dresses, and many, many derby hats, but now and then the scenery will change from a stately shuffleboard deck to a graffiti-covered alley, and you'll remember that this does, in fact, take place in the present day. Likewise, the many hilarious comedic moments can make you feel perfectly lost in time, overlapping thoroughly modern sarcasm with clear nods to the Marx Brothers and Laurel and Hardy. The latter is especially apparent when the camera finds just the angle to juxtapose Ruffalo's big, fat face with Brody's extremely serious cheekbones. The hats don't hurt. It creates a wonderful combination of wry and ridiculous, of salty deadpan with slapstick chaos. There seems to be much more subtext lurking under the surface in The Brothers Bloom, but for the most part, it's extra credit. If you don't want to go digging into hidden meanings, you don't have to. That's the beautiful thing about a good con -- when it works, you're perfectly happy to just go along for the ride.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/12/2010
  • UPC: 025192038365
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: Summit Inc/Lionsgate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:53:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 14,721

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rachel Weisz Penelope
Adrien Brody Bloom
Mark Ruffalo Stephen
Rinko Kikuchi , Bang Bang
Maximilian Schell Diamond Dog
Robbie Coltrane Melville
Ricky Jay Voice Only
Technical Credits
Rian Johnson Director, Screenwriter
Ram Bergman Producer
Jim Clay Production Designer
Jasna Dragovic Art Director
Douglas E. Hansen Executive Producer
Wendy Japhet Executive Producer
Nathan Johnson Score Composer
Thomas Karnowski Co-producer
Shannon Makhanian Casting
Beatrix Aruna Pasztor Costumes/Costume Designer
Brian Reitzell Musical Direction/Supervision
James D. Stern Producer
Mary Vernieu Casting
Pawel Wdowczak Sound/Sound Designer
Gabriel Wrye Editor
Steve Yedlin Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Brothers Bloom
1. "A Simple Con" [7:10]
2. "Everybody Gets Everything They Want" [5:55]
3. "My New Favorite Camel" [4:34]
4. "Make It a Schwinn" [6:10]
5. "I Collect Hobbies" [7:08]
6. "SS Fidele" [5:06]
7. "We've Gone Straight" [5:10]
8. "An Adventure Story" [4:27]
9. "A Smuggler Nickname" [4:33]
10. "Setting the Trap" [7:27]
11. "Some Kind of Disruption" [5:20]
12. "Going in Alone" [9:46]
13. "It's All a Con" [7:24]
14. "Three Months Later" [8:19]
15. "The Russians Got Stephen" [:17]
16. "Game's up" [7:30]
17. "Center Stage" [6:10]
18. "No Such Thing As an Unwritten Life" [4:16]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Brothers Bloom
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   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Audio Commentary With Director Rian Johnson & Producer Ram Bergman: On
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      "From Sketch to Celluloid"
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         "A Con Is Born"
         "Hitting the Mark"
         "Buckle up"
      "In Bloom: Behind the Scenes"
      Deleted Scenes
         Deleted Scenes Commentary With Director Rian Johnson: On
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         "Chair Kick"
         "Landlady - Part"
         "OK, Bye"
         "The Fidele"
         "She Knows a Lot of Things"
         "While It Lasts"
         "The Curator's Tale"
         "Diamond Dog Aftermath"
         "Have a Cigar"
         "Don't Be Pathetic"
         "Cackle Bladder"
         "Original Beach House"
         "Landlady - Part 2"
         "Sleeping"
         "Russia - Part 1: Bathroom"
         "Russia - Part 2: The Set-up"
         "Russia - Part 3: The Hand-off"
         "Russia - Part 4: The Dog's Apartment"
         "Russia - Part 5: The Theater"
         "Russia - Part 6: The Road"
      Image Gallery
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English: Dolby Digital 5.1
      Spoken Languages: Español: Dolby Digital 5.1
      Spoken Languages: Audio Commentary With Director Rian Johnson & Producer Ram Bergman
      Subtitles: None
      Subtitles: English SDH (For Dear and Hard of Hearing)
      Subtitles: Español
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  • Posted January 13, 2011

    "Make way, Make room for the Brothers Bloom!"

    Of course I am biased because i love Adrien Brody (Bloom) but surprisingly enough, it's the other brother; Stephen (Mark Ruffalo) that made this movie different and special. Its beginning is much like a throwback to the short lived "Pushing Dasies" with its simple yet artful narration. The movie is hilarious but also greatly moving. It starts out as a bit of a joke but as the plot thickens near the end of the movie you realize that it's one of those stories that acctually means something. So laugh cry and be amazed! It's love, friends, and especailly family that make life worth living. Although, all of the cons along the way sure make it memorable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2010

    Fantastic Good Time

    This out-of-the-box conman film is terribly fun. I loved every minute of the movie, however be sure to pay attention throughout because small passings details lead to be facts of major importance later in the movie. I highly recommend it to people of tastes! This movie will make you laugh; it may even make you cry...it is a movie you will want to enjoy again and again!

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    Posted January 14, 2010

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