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Borgman is the central character in Alex van Warmerdam’s dark, malevolent fable. Is he a dream or a demon, a twisted allegory or an all-too-real embodiment of our fears? Borgman is a sinister arrival in the sealed-off streets of modern suburbia. His presence unleashes a crowing gallery of distortion around the careful façade constructed by an arrogant, comfortable couple, their three children and nanny.
It is among my favorite genre's "Movies that confuse and confound and leave you musing over its meaning for days"
Evil is always looking for a way in and weakness is that neon entrance sign pointing the way to your soul! Kinda like my sister's dog Lacey, whom knows better than to turn to her owners for frequent tongue lickings and profound bow wow conversation so she searches for that weakness in those whom visit their home! So the running gag is don't look her in the eye's!
You can't look Evil or Lacey in the eye's! It's just that simple! For if you DO it spells complete and utter disaster!
If like me you appreciate the bizarre and absurd and like a good film that puzzles you for days on end then this film is right up your alley!
Jan Bijvoet gave one hell of an amazing performance!
Twenty-second watch of March around the World: Netherlands. And so this challenge, although officially closed by now, brings me to my home country. I haven’t seen a Dutch film since 2010 - the absolute must-watch recommendation to all of you: New Kids Turbo. The advertisement of Borgman - “what if Dogtooth had been directed by Michael Haneke?" - is rather enticing though, so that was something to check out. My good grief, I had no idea such a brilliant piece of cinema could come from my country. First scene? Took me by surprise. The titular antagonist Borgman is chased out of his underground burrow (a common style of living here in the Netherlands) to an high-class residential area where he starts ringing doors, asking the inhabitants whether he could have a bath in their house. What happens next is indescribable, but stellar. I mean, how satisfying is this?
Van Warmerdam is my favourite Dutch director. He makes films that are quintessentially Dutch in their tone and touches upon Dutch sensibilities with confounding and intriguing absurdism.
Borgman is a step away from that in so far that this is a more universally themed film, but it is still imbued in that trademark van Warmerdam style. It is a film that is very difficult to grasp and I feel attempting to make sense of it is missing the point. This is a visually striking mood piece, focused more on conveying a sensation rather than recounting a story.
Borgman is about evil. Evil we, adults, call upon ourselves, invite into our homes, driving our self centred lives. As heavy as this…
Borgman is a very playful, intriguing and exciting piece of film from the Dutch veteran Alex van Warmerdam (starring in a smaller role as well, as he usually does).
Borgman flings us into the action with a riveting chase between a priest and his lackeys and a group of men hiding underneath the forest soil.
One of these men turn out to be Camiel Borgman.
After Borgman warns his compatriots of the impending danger, himself having barely managed to escape, he enters a fashionable slice of suburbia and tests the inhabitants' will to let an unknown, unkempt man have a bath.
After instigating an altercation with the man of one of the houses, he manages to instill a bit of…
“And they descended upon the earth to strengthen their ranks.”
With the utmost confidence and command, Alex van Warmerdam's Borgman opening scene sunk it's hooks in deep and refused to let me go for the remainder of it's running time. A Priest and a lynch mob of sorts hunt down a nest of (literal) underground vagrants and send them scampering for safety out of the woods and into palatial suburbia, and from this dizzying and disorienting (and one of the most exhilarating cinematic moments I have experience of late) set-piece we are flung into the world of the sly and seductive Camiel Borgman.
A film that would seemingly fall into the expanding 'home invasion' subgenre of cinema, Borgman eschews categorization…
I don't want to say too much about Borgman if you're going to watch it, because it's the strange kind of film that's best to go into somewhat cold. I will say though that it's a deeply dark and downright unpleasant work of cinema filled to the brim with enormously flawed and unstable characters that angered me to my very core. Of course, this was the director's intention.
One might think the primary theme of this film is betrayal, but I would argue that the amount of manipulation that this film contains - manipulation sometimes bordering on the point of mind control - overshadows the betrayal and sort of renders it void. There were times when I felt certain characters…
This is the kind of horror film I want more of: seductive, subtle, and sinister. I think it would be easy to write this off (as imdb seems to) as a cross between Haneke and Dogtooth, but that description does make sense. Like Haneke's films, Borgman is concerned with how acts of petty aggression and hostility build and accrete into more drastic and dangerous acts of terror. Like Dogtooth, Borgman places its portrayal of these creeping terrors in a weird, confined, sterile suburbia, more compound than community. Unlike those influences, however, Borgman seems suffused by a low-key but undeniable supernatural edge: Borgman and his cronies are never shown as outright demonic, granted, but the way they insinuate themselves into the…
A vagrant enters the lives of an arrogant upper-class family, turning their lives into a psychological nightmare in the process.
A very strange but very much engaging film, one of those easy to miss gems from Europe that is well worth checking out. The lead actor is really good in a role where the character very much changes halfway through. Visually it's nothing special but it looks OK for what it is.
Even though it's not a Horror film, at times it's genuinely creepy, more so than lauded recent Horrors like The Babadook and It Follows. The only real negative is that at the beginning you get some decisions from the Marina character that are nonsensical, but it does mean the film doesn't waste time unnecessarily.
If you get a chance to see it, would very much recommend.
Me dejo con la boca abierta de principio a fin, aunque es MUY bizarra me gusto porque te mantiene en shock durante toda la peli.
El final fue medio aburrido pero no estuvo mal.
Does thinking about a film well after you've watched it constitute liking it? With BORGMAN, I'm not so sure. The film is a very strange sort of thriller, if you could even call it that. It plays like a dark fable, and goes to some disturbing places, yet its main character is so inscrutable that it is almost as if nothing that happens actually has much of an effect other than a furrowed brow followed by a "WTF?!?" thought balloon appearing over your head.
The film begins with what looks like a witch hunt. Three men, including a preacher, take to the woods, armed and dangerous to kill or chase off a group of strange, unkempt men living in a…
This is a very entertaining and interesting psychological thriller, but I cannot tell if its deeper meaning is too elusive to crack with a first watch or if it simply does not have much of a deeper meaning at all. Borgman tells the story of a home invasion by a man originally found living underground and his violent partners in crime. The mere presence of Mr. Borgman seems to bring out the worst in the family, yet he is essentially a very welcome guest in their home. The idea of the family inviting this evil into their lives is an interesting one but is not fleshed out very well in the film, as the simplicity of the film's trajectory does not allow much complication in the general conceit. Borgman could have been much better than it turned out to be.
Lekker op zn van warmerdams onderhuids en ingetogen vervreemdend. Ik heb sterk de indruk dat ik het niet het sterkste werk in zijn oeuvre vind. Dit kan ik niet met zekerheid zeggen zonder zijn vroegere werk nog eens onder de loep te nemen.
Surreal, inventive, and original, "Borgman" is an disturbingly relevant satire on the twisted world we call Earth.
Five minutes in I was asking myself "The fuck is this? " Its because the movie is a totally original thing. It's just better to go in cold on this one. Nothing complicated, the darkest humor with some gruesome moments. Really well made film all around. Sort of like a Dutch Sion Sono. And...you know, that's that.
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…