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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…
"I saw a magician"
Isn't that the truth. Camiel Borgman is a god damn magician. As is the director and writer of this extremely off-beat film, Alex van Warmerdam. It's set in an alternate place where things work a bit differently, yet it's grounded in reality. A place where genius vagrant assassins are commonplace and likely busy pretending to be gardeners in a house near you.
What is it that makes Borgman special? Hard to put my finger on it. Jan Bijvoet is charming in a creepy sort of way. His character works his way into an unbelieveable situation that is the basis for this story. He works alongside his friends to eventually land the desperate housewife, damsel in distress.…
20. A recommendation from someone else playing the game. (Matt Grillo)
Herrlich surreales Schauerstück!
really really strange...
Affluent Dutch townies become the victims of an unholy force of justice in Alex van Warmerdam’s insidious black comedy. A hugely enjoyable tease from start to finish, Borgman almost overcomes its own obscurity but never amounts to more than the sum of its parts. Read my full review here: foec.wordpress.com/2015/02/10/borgman-2013/
Rare film. Ik begreep er weinig van.
Dark, different, metaphorical, mysterious. Another successful creation by Alex van Warmerdam. Liked it. 3.75 stars.
A pleasant film that's kind of a mix between Visitor Q & Dogtooth though not as memorable as either.
Borgman es un demonio o quizás un ángel... Quizás sea lo supremo, o simplemente el reflejo de nuestros miedos... o deseos.
Cine surrealista y negro, con regusto de cine independiente europeo.
Necesitare pronto una revisión, porque se la merece y porque así le subiré media estrella mas con propiedad.
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…