The Brothers Bloom
Les Freres BloomDVD - 2009
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And Stephen said something else, once. "The perfect con is one where everyone gets just the thing they wanted."
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?
Stephen: I have at different times in my life, sold sand to an Arab and ice to an Eskimo.
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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.