Carl Sandell’s review published on Letterboxd:
This is part of the 30 countries challenge.
As a sign of globalization and the post-Cold War neo-liberal class developments there seems to be plenty of films about the sheltered winners and their fear of having their bubble popped by the less fortunate, with little differences between countries. Movies like Parc (France, 2008) and Human Capital (Italy, 2013) display affluent people with non-descript cultural roots and being terrified of existing in a geographical context outside their social strata.
Borgman turns this concept into an absurd horror story with Old Testament wrath brought down on the cold middle class by a bum and his buddies. It's pleasant that they work just as well no matter if you see them as fallen angels, outsiders rising up, or just psychos. The family lets them into their home and things happen. Reading the events and motivations in different ways makes it so much more exciting than the more straight forward stories above. Tackling social segregation as a religious issue is much more interesting than just as a political one. If you see it as a straight home invasion story the moral may be that segregation is necessary and what they really need is more walls and guns to hold off the villainous strangers. Alex van Warmerdam is not one to make simple films without contradictory emotional responses, which is something that I really appreciate about him.