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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 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.
Abgedrehter Mindfuck-Thriller aus den Niederlanden. Ein mysteriöser Obdachloser zwängt sich in die Strukturen einer Familie und bewirkt so manche Ungereimtheit: Die Frau des Hauses und die Kinder verfällen ihm immer mehr, merkwürdige Hunde tauchen ebenso auf, wie seltsame Narben auf den Rücken der Protagonisten. Am Ende lässt der Film etliche Fragen ungeklärt, weßhalb jeder Mindgame-Freund hier eine kleine Perle findet. Abgedreht, merkwürdig, spannend.
Wo Michael Haneke in "Funny Games" noch mit dem blanken ungefilterten Horror spielte, versetzt Alex Van Warmerdam seinen Beitag zum Home Invasion-Genre immer wieder mit feinen humorisch-satirischen Momente und Jan Bijvoet als titelgebender Borgman liefert ein schaurig-schönes Spiel ab bei dem nicht weiß ob man jetzt für oder gegen ihn sein soll.
In a time when most modern hot horror films go out of their way to explain every little thing and kill any true horror for the audience, Borgman exists in a world of dark, disturbing ambiguity & slow burning terror. there's a lot of things this tale of stranger danger could be about and a lot of conversations that could be held after watching the film and almost all of them likely lead to some grim places.
Borgman is shot with an eye as cold as the upperclass Dutch house the demon man invades. watching the film is like watching a recorded nightmare and perhaps that is the intent as dreams and subconcious play heavily into the film.
I'm still creeped out by the world of Borgman and i would recommend it to all horror fans and especially fans of the works of David Cronenberg. it's available to stream on the Amazon Instant Video thing and it's a wild & good one.
One of those movies you don't get in the first go. Definitely interesting, strong cinematography, but so far I do not know waht it is about. I will try again soon.
i was under borgman's spell right away. the first five minutes set up an inescapable series of mysteries and images ( youtu.be/gbN0_51oPmA ) and although it settles into one environment for the rest of the film (i was hoping it would keep moving/transforming), it never stops inventing new things that are played for real in spite of their obvious madness. it's like watching an evil child play the most realistic videogame ever on cheat mode. he can't warp into the empire state building or open up the ground, but he can generate a dumptruck and make people fall in love. actually, maybe he could open up the ground. he just likes using the dumptruck more. it's SO bonkers,…
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…