The Brothers Bloom

The Brothers Bloom

DVD - 2009
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Stephen and Bloom are brothers who have been con artists since they were kids. Stephen is the mastermind, while Bloom is the main character of Stephen's stories. 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 happens to have a penchant for blowing things up. As Bloom hits his mid-thirties, he wants to quit the business. Stephen talks him into one last con. The mark is the eccentric, lonely but beautiful New Jersey heiress, Penelope Stamp. As the brothers go through their final con on Penelope, three main problems may occur to thwart the plan. First, the brothers' former mentor and now arch enemy, Diamond Dog, may exact his long awaited revenge; second, Penelope may end up being more unpredictable than all their former marks; and third, Bloom, who has let love slip by in his life, may fall for Penelope. But through the process, no one ever really knows who is conning who.

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jimg2000
Sep 20, 2016

From the very early scenes (the cat's elaborate harness) and peppered throughout the film, viewers were reminded that it was just a a very well done fantasy story of one and possibly two (or more?) real characters Bloom and Penelope. Thus enjoy it and no need to question the gaping logic of events. The rolling credit song "The Fabulist ( a person who composes or relates fables)" was the final hint. See "Quotes" and the nice befitting song in "Videos."

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cjnorthern555
Mar 30, 2016

Good movie, except for a sad ending.

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JackPurcell
Nov 19, 2015

Another sting/grifter/con-artist movie but I suppose there was room in the pantheon for one more. Well done and fun.

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mexicanadiense
Oct 18, 2015

An enjoyable, quirky con-artist movie with a great cast and some gorgeous locations.

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booksmile
Jun 02, 2015

It would have made more sense if he pulled out one more "con" at the end (what was up with the random Russian bad guys?).

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0cho
Oct 21, 2014

Sorry, I couldn't get into this movie at all. Turned it off after 30 minutes. This movie was way over the top for me, very eccentric writing, just stupid artsy humor and very unrealistic. I don’t even know what other movie to compare this too, maybe a Terry Gilliam movie???

lasertravis Jun 26, 2012

Above average caper/con man film. Fairly unique concept and delivery to an age old storyline. The acting was good enough. Some of the dialogue was funny enough. It had it's moments. I didn't like the last 15 or more minutes of the movie. There was a point where the movie could have ended and I would have been more satisfied than when they actually ended it. I would have rated the movie higher if it wouldn't have insisted on one more twist. Still, well worth watching if you like heist/caper/con movies. Especially quirky, humorous ones.

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izumia
Jan 17, 2012

Very enjoyable to watch. If you're looking for something different from other ordinary mainstream "American" films, this can be a good choice. Just the right amount of humor, saddness, brain-twisting, adventure, beautiful scenary, etc. The writer & director Rian Johnson is a talent you cannot miss.

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stse88
Oct 11, 2011

A bit wacky. Fun movie to watch.

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ilike2read
Apr 25, 2011

I must say that I really liked this movie. I defiently loved the ending since it almost brought me to tears. Totally worth your while.

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jimg2000
Sep 20, 2016

Intro. of "Brothers" Bloom, Steven and Bloom (no first name for younger Bloom, why?:)
As far as con man stories go, I think I've heard them all. Of grifters, ropers, faro-fixers, tales 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. At 10 and 13, Bloom and Stephen, the younger and the old, had been through several foster families. No! Thirty-eight, all told. Mischief moved them on in life, and moving kept them close. For Bloom had Stephen, and Stephen, Bloom, and both had more than most. Another home, another Main Street. Stephen looked around and summed the burg up thusly. Bloom, we've hit a one-hat town. One theater. One carwash. One cafe. One park. One cat, which, through some mishap, had one leg.

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jimg2000
Sep 20, 2016

Younger Bloom (No first name - think why?:)
You don't understand what my brother does. He writes his cons the way dead Russians write novels, with thematic arcs and embedded symbolism and shit. And he wrote me as the vulnerable antihero.
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And I'm 35 years old. I don't... I'm useless. I'm crippled. I don't... I've only ever lived life through these roles that aren't me, that are written for me by you.
-Tell me what you want. Why? So you can write me a role in a story where I get it?
You're not listening to me! I want a real thing. I want a... I just... l want... l... want...
-You want an unwritten life.
I want an unwritten life.

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jimg2000
Sep 20, 2016

Penelope:
Feel cheated? The trick to not feeling cheated is to learn how to cheat. So, I decided this wasn't a story about a miserable girl trapped in a house that smelled like medical supplies, wasting her life on a dying person she sometimes hated. No. This was a story about a girl who could find infinite beauty in anything, any little thing. And even love the person she was trapped with. And I told myself this story until it became true. Now, did doing this help me escape a wasted life, or did it blind me so I wouldn't want to escape it? I don't know. But either way, I was the one telling my own story, so... No, I don't feel cheated at all.

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jimg2000
Sep 20, 2016

You can make a pinhole camera out of anything hollow and dark.
-It's gotta warp the image though, right?
Yeah, yeah it does. … and depending on how the pinhole eats the light, it's gonna be warped and peculiar and imperfect and odd, and it's not gonna be reproduction, it's storytelling. It's a lie that tells the truth.
I don't know about truths. A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you, less you know.

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And Stephen said something else, once. "The perfect con is one where everyone gets just the thing they wanted."

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Bloom: How did you find me?
Penelope Stamp: Bang Bang.
Bloom: Bang Bang?
Penelope Stamp: She gave me her cell number.
Bloom: Bang Bang has a cell phone?

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Stephen: I have at different times in my life, sold sand to an Arab and ice to an Eskimo.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

The Curator: The Curator: Madam, your smile is the sun and fallen men like me, we need the sun.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

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.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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