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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!
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…
“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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The filmmaker stated this as his inspiration for Borgman - "that your mind is much bigger than you think, and that there are a lot of rooms you've never been in before where there are awful or creepy or nasty things to find".
Borgman is an absurd, dark and malevolent look at the nasty underbelly of different societies. The character of Borgman, and his associates, are experimenters that poke and probe at different class systems to find the nastiness within.
Whilst it is focused around the rich family in their hideaway home, one should not forget the country priest and his helpers that open the film - for me this is the key to unlocking this dense and almost inaccessible…
an above-average film about average people experiencing above-average things. is it a fable is it an allegory does it matter ... only you have the answer.
Quick Thought: Borgman- The most terrifying villian of2014; also, worst gardener of 2014.
Συνήθως αν πατήσω το play σε τέτοιες ταινίες είμαι μερικές στραβοτιμονίες μακριά απ' το να πιάσω rant για τους pop ανθυπο-Haneke μπλα μπλα.. Αυτό άξιζε τον κόπο και με το παραπάνω. Μέσα στην υπερβατική αλληγορία του επισημαίνει αυτό που θέλει να σε κάνει να αναρωτηθείς: Πόσο απέχουν οι δύο κόσμοι που συγκρούονται απ' την έννοια του κακού; Μάλλον όχι τόσο όσο φαινομενικά στο ξεκίνημα.
Tρομερός ο πρωταγωνιστής, ήμουν σίγουρος πως τον είχα ξαναδεί με το αρχικό look πρόσφατα, ήταν μέλος της μπάντας του Broken Circle Breakdown. Εδώ μπορεί να μην είχε bluegrass, είχε μερικές νότες στο φινάλε που θα θυμάμαι καιρό.
What an absolute mindfuck of a film! I cannot say that I am not pretty sure of what were the exact intentions of the director, Alex van Warmerdam,but still this one visually beautiful, thought provoking and also disturbing flick that you will either love or hate.
If you are a fan of M. Haneke, D. Lynch and Japanese obscurity you will probably find something you can relate to.
And if you enjoyed Greek film "Dogtooth" , you are probably going to love this fairytale of deconstruction and eventual destruction of the suburbian life.
This is the kind of film that I immediately felt I need a drink in my hand and good friends to discuss it with, or else I will be missing something that was intended for me.
Honestly, this movie was weird as fuck and I lived for every second of it. It's dark, demented and oddly funny. You can come up with a million different theories about what transpires in it and that's one of its greatest assets. It's open-ended and extremely interesting.
I keep reading this being referred to as a home invasion movie, but I see it as anything but. I didn't make the immediate connection between the antagonist and the antichrist but I believe it's there. I would go into that frozen horror shock that occurs in dreams for real if I woke up with him crouching over me like that. Yikes! That's probably the spookiest image of the year so far.
It's cool we got to show a film that was only shown in 14 theaters, but that was probably for a reason. It left a really bad taste in my mouth because the story was so unapologetic, but that floats some people's boats. Sure doesn't do it for mine. Superb acting and it was absolutely gorgeous to be fair.
DON'T LET EVIL INTO YOUR LIFE, YA DINGS.
Not as freaky as Dogtooth, but still pretty disturbing (but in a cool way?)
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The key to Borgman lies in its very first opening moment. A quote from the Bible appears on screen: "And they descended upon the earth to strengthen their ranks." I spent the first third of the film trying to figure out if 'Borgman' was a filmmaker's comment on the immigration issues plauging western Europe right now. But it wasn't until the movie's title character began manipulating the dreams of the film's female protagonist that it clicked -- we are watching a film of a spiritual battle; demons invading the home of an upperclass Dutch family and turning them against one another. It's a fascinating film, highly watchable only because you never quite know where it's going to go next. Biblical…
- Stranger by the Lake
- The Lego Movie
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
- The Captive
- Clouds of Sils Maria
- Goodbye to Language 3D
- The Homesman
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the festival began in 1946.…
- I've Heard the Mermaids Singing
- Zazie dans le métro
- Allegro non troppo
- The Adventures of Prince Achmed
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
Wow! I never would have expected that I'd get anywhere close to 100 likes on this…