The Brothers Bloom are the best con men in the world, swindling millionaires with complex scenarios of lust and intrigue. Now they've decided to take on one last job - showing a beautiful and eccentric heiress the time of her life with a romantic adventure that takes them around the world.
Brothers - older Stephen and three years junior Bloom - have been con artists since they were kids. Stephen is the mastermind, for who the intricacy of the story used in the con is as important as the positive outcome of the swindle. Bloom is the main character of Stephen's stories, the character he considers the anti-hero. As adults, they travel the world and never enlist the same people twice in their cons, except for their consistent sidekick, the mysterious and primarily silent Bang Bang, a Japanese woman who just appeared in their lives one day and who has a penchant for blowing things up. As Bloom hits his mid-thirties, he wants to quit the business as he is losing his own identity to that of the characters he portrays; he doesn't know anymore what is real and what is make-believe. Stephen talks him into one last con, the mark to be the eccentric, lonely but beautiful New Jersey heiress, Penelope Stamp. Penelope's primary past-time in life is to, as she calls it, "borrow hobbies...Written by
The film starts with a car driving towards the camera and ends with a car driving away from the camera. See more »
When the Brothers Bloom first visit Penelope's castle, they are driving a Cadillac Seville. Bloom asks Bang Bang, "This a '78 Caddy? Controversial choice." The car is actually a 1983 Seville, whose bodystyle was built from 1980-1985. See more »
As far as con man stories go, I think I've heard them all. Of grifters, ropers, faro-fixers; tails drawn long and tall. But if one bears a bookmark in the confidence man's tome, it would be that of Penelope, and of the brothers Bloom.
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The first thing I asked myself when I walked out of the theater was: "What's with the silly hats?". It was of course afterwards that I realized that this question, however the most pertinent, was far from the only one I would ask myself that night.
In fact, going trough all those questions, I came to realize that "The Brothers Bloom" did not make one iota of sense to me. And, what's worse, I wanted to make no further effort at all to try and understand the movie better - which is rather uncommon for me.
throughout it's labyrinthian plot, this "conmovie" from beginning to end seems to be trying only one thing: to con it's way out of any form of explanation. In stead, the plot just keeps wiggling and wurming it's way to the most unsatisfying and enigmatic conclusion I saw in years.
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