Synopsis: An older man listens to Bill's story about being a callow writer who likes to follow strangers around London, observing them. One day, a glib and self-confident man whom Bill has been following confronts him. He's Cobb, a burglar who takes Bill under his wing and shows him how to break and enter. They burgle a woman's flat; Bill gets intrigued with her (photographs are everywhere in her flat). He follows her and chats her up at a bar owned by her ex-boyfriend, a nasty piece of work who killed someone in her living room with a hammer. Soon Bill is volunteering to do her a favor, which involves a break-in. What does the older man know that Bill doesn't?
Director(s): Christopher Nolan
Production: IFC
  5 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
69 min

- No, I suppose not.

- What's your name?

- Bill.

Well, Bill, what do you do?

- Actually, I'm kind of--

- Between jobs right now,yeah.

- Yeah, that's right.

- What would you do?

- Don't know.

- Oh, come on, Bill, don't be coy.

There's some burning ambition

inside you, isn't there?

- Something of a starving artist

in you, no? No?

- No.

- No. No.

- You're a painter.

- Photos? Writer?

- No. No.

- Writer, eh?

- No.

- But you write?

- Not much.

- But sometimes?

- Sometimes. Who doesn't?


So you're a writer.

I didn't say that.

What makes you think

I'm a writer anyway?

An unemployed twenty-something

fancies himself a writer.

- A real leap into the unknown.

- Well, I'm not a writer.

- But you're interested in people.

- Yeah.

- This person?

- Perhaps.

You haven't even asked me

my name yet.

- What's your name?

- Or what's in my bag.

- What bag?

- My bag.

The one you've been

looking at all morning.

What's your name,

and what's in your bag?

My name's Cobb.

Take a look for yourself.

What were you expecting, drugs?

Why'd you nick their old CDs?

Easy to grab a load, easy to sell,

totally untraceable.

The other stuff's

a bit more tricky.

You don't look like

a burglar.

Sounds like a compliment.

Are you interested now?

[ Doorbell Rings ]


[Whispering ]

People don't really do that, do they?

You'd be surprised.

Does that really work?

Wait and see.

Beginner's luck.

See, nobody home.

Okay, first things first.

- We need a bag.

- [Whispering Continues ] "A bag?"

To carry the stuff in.

Why are you whispering?

- Do you have one of your own?

- Yeah.

It's a big bag with "swag"

written right across it.

Ah. Bingo!

Okay. What do you fancy?

Nothing here of any value.

- You don't seem that concerned.

Why do you do it?

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Christopher Nolan

Christopher Edward Nolan (born 30 July 1970) is an English-American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is one of the highest-grossing directors in history, and among the most successful and acclaimed filmmakers of the 21st century. more…

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