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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.
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…
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?
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…
“And they descended upon the earth to strengthen their ranks,” reads the Biblical quote at the start of beginning of the film. Along with only one or two other clues that possibly link together, this quietly unnerving Palme d'Or nominee from Alex van Warmerdam is a tale without true definition. A dark comedic and surreal look at evil that asks you to decide who is more deserving of their crimes.
Two men arrive at the residence of their local priest, weapons in hand and armed with intent. No words are spoken as the priest joins their charge into the local forest axe held firmly in his hand. They know exactly where they are heading, stopping in an area where they…
BORGMAN is a remarkable film on nearly every level. A patient, fascinating, and cinematically told horror story...inverted, conceptual horror, with very little outward ghastliness. But the unease it leaves you with will remind you that it is horror indeed.
Fallen angels in the guise of vagrants wander the earth, restlessly feeding what they call a "need to play." Play in this case comes in the form of an inside-out home invasion, where they insinuate themselves on an upper-crust, bourgeoise Dutch family whose stability is already a heartbeat away from going out the window.
Though a Dutch film, the third act gets very French (in the Chabrol sense), bringing out the fact that the the angels have a greater and more instinctive goal.
Two viewings are almost mandatory. Easily one of my favorite new views of 2016.
Described as "Dogtooth meets Michael Haneke" is what caught my interest in this movie as I'm a big fan of both.
The film certainly lived up to that description. The clinical and detached style is certainly familiar from the aforementioned influences, but this also has an extra layer of mystery, the main antagonist (the eponymous character) at times seems to possess magical abilities.
Lots goes unexplained in this movie, which wasn't a problem for me as I allowed the film to wash over me and just went along with it. I imagine it could be very frustrating if you're looking for a cohesive narrative.
“And they descended upon the earth to strengthen their ranks”
Remember the epigraph?
Works best as absurdistic comedy than a psychological thriller with an astonishing photography (the most aesthetically ambitious) by Alex van Warmerdam.
A new version of "Funny Games" (and for me, it´s better).
Such a blast!
If I understood what the beginning had to do with the rest of the movie, I might like this one. I must have missed something vital, looked away, perhaps, when illuminated subtitles flashed across the screen. Maybe I've been in a funk--lately, all the movies that have come highly recommended, have disappointed me or left me befuddled. I love weird movies. I love films that present puzzles. But Borgman feels like a puzzle that's missing some of the pieces. I'm honestly not a fan of films where things happen for no reason whatsoever. That doesn't cut it. That whole The Strangers philosophy of "because you were home." No. Not good enough. That's just me. Randomness doesn't intrigue me the way it interests others. Borgman felt bafflingly pointless. Tell me I'm wrong; show me what I missed.
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It had been a couple of years since I last saw this movie. Alex van Warmerdam's movie is as strange as it is fascinating. While it is framed as a sort of paranormal horror, it is actually a surreal fable about the evils ever lurking to insidiously ruin our respective worlds. It can and should be interpreted in a number of ways. Creepy and endlessly engaging -- "Borgman" is an unforgettable cinematic experience.
If a dirty vagrant rings your bell asking for entry into your home and a bath -- shut and bolt the door! You might even want to hide!
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This strange mix of Dogtooth, David Lynch and European fairy tales was incredibly strange and fascinating, especially with its offbeat humor, but as the dread increased it ultimately ended up more frustrating than satisfying. The third act made me uncomfortable and a little bored, and ultimately I don't feel like I'm left with much; it's the sort of movie that refuses to give any answers at all, but here some suggestions would be nice as everything is just too vague and open. The plot is incredibly simple and straightforward when you think about it, but it doesn't feel like there's anything hiding behind it. In the end, it hurts the film more than helps it, as the theories can range…
Uma intensa e interessante experiência cinematográfica, cheia de referências religiosas e críticas ao modo de vida social moderno. Profundo e aberto a diversas interpretações, foda.
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Task #1: A Dutch film
I mean, this wasn't bad, it just wasn't that good? Unless some aspect of the plot just went completely over my head, almost everything was left unexplained, and not in a good way. Movies can pull of this vague type of storytelling, but I don't feel like this one did. Visually beautiful, and spends a lot of time crafting an ominous, dreadful atmosphere, but the beginning of the movie sets it up for a much better end then it received. This had so much potential, it's very well made and well preformed, intriguing and odd, but when everything's put together, it just doesn't work to well.
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