My wife and I saw your movie this weekend and it was the very best film I've seen in a long time (and I teach films); last summer's The Fall made a big impression on me, and your film was right up there, intelligent, witty, cosmopolitan, grounded deep in literary tradition, simply beautiful. And the acting by all the leads was impeccable. Dylan's Masked and Anonymous is also a touchstone for me, and Bros. Bloom even measures up to it in multidimensional complexity.
I'm sure the film would have impressed me in any event, but the timing helped: I'd just finished a furious month of inspired research and writing of an "alchemical poem" (for lack of a better description), having read all sorts of weird, fantastic stuff from cabala to gnostic gospels to Shelley's Last Man to (I kid you not) Melville's Confidence Man (AND--at least parts--his Clarel, top that!)--and because of this, everything in the movie just sort of clicked and I was deeply moved by the entire flow of symbols and architectonics of plot and character.
From the start I read the boys as wandering Jews (eh?), and thus came in all the brothers and sibling dynamics of the Jewish tradition (Cain/Abel, Jacob/Esau, etc). A question: Bloom's NJ license plate is, I believe, TOV 558 (not sure on the number). Is this as in Hebrew tov, 'good', as in tov wara 'good and evil' from the Adam and Eve story (also referenced plenty elsewhere)? Or am I reading too much into a small detail? (Bloom? does say that his brother weaves in symbolism like a Russian novelist.)
On the way home my wife and I debated the plot indeterminacies: was Penelope a real mark or in on the con from the beginning? (We decided she is probably the perfect mark, because she wanted to be duped and knew she was but still went along with it because of the new life it gave her.) At what point did Stephen lose control of the con and in what ways? Because basically it seems that either 1) he was in complete control the entire time and he commits suicide, or 2) he lost control at some point and suffered the consequences. Although suicide at first seems an unlikely intention for such a lover of life, I think we agreed that he does know what he's doing to the end and so he has chosen to die to free his brother whom he loves. (Responses?)
Anyway, thanks for the brilliant, uplifting work of art; I'll be returning to it frequently. [If interested, here's some of my stuff: http://theblindedeye.wordpress.com/poetry/
. I'm sure you're a VERY busy dude, but you may enjoy, since I'm pretty sure our imaginations operate on several similar wavelengths.]
Best wishes on the rest of the film's run et cetera,