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If Michael Haneke hadn’t taken it already, a similarly ironic name that director Alex van Warmerdam could have used for his cleverly haunting new film Borgman could very well have been “Funny Games.” Appropriately enough, van Warmerdam’s film plays out its twisted, fable-like narrative—about a peculiar vagrant who gradually manipulates his way into the otherwise orderly lives of an upper class Dutch family—as if it were a less overt or sadistic Haneke film, one whose trickery stays squarely within the realm of the film itself and doesn’t chide the audience for bearing witness to the dark and strange tale unraveling before them. If name-dropping European auteurs isn’t your thing, then how about this: Borgman’s weirdo realist fairy tale is likely to leave a lot of people scratching their heads, but those who get caught up in the film’s devious schemes are in »

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