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Borgman (2013)

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A vagrant enters the lives of an arrogant upper-class family, turning their lives into a psychological nightmare in the process.

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Arthur Stornebrink
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A vagrant enters the lives of an arrogant upper-class family, turning their lives into a psychological nightmare in the process.

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The perfect cross between Dogtooth and Michael Haneke.


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29 August 2013 (Netherlands)  »

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Bela  »

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€3,100,000 (estimated)

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$11,224 (USA) (20 June 2014)

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$56,474 (USA) (25 July 2014)
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Although never stated in the film, the behavior of Borgman closely resembles that of an "alp", a nightmare demon from German folklore. See more »

Goofs

When Marina is shown moving the glass of wine towards her daughter, she leans over just a bit. In the next shot, the glass is standing at the other side of the kitchen desk, way out of her reach. See more »

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The film opens with the caption: And they descended upon the earth to strengthen their ranks. See more »

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Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2013 (2013) See more »

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Resistance is Futile
21 June 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Borgman is queer piece of cinema, challenging right form the off with the opening scenes of pursuit which point in a certain direction, but be prepared for your feelings to change as the story progresses. Writer / director Alex van Warmerdam's film bars very few holds, and yet it does not sensationalise increasingly troubling and occasionally brutal events, presenting them in a frank and open way, inviting the viewer to judge the participants and their respective fates. You would do well to prepare yourself to feel little sympathy for any of the characters, and yet there is something compelling about the spartan direction and the economy of the performances that will hold your attention to the end. Jan Bijvoet as the titular Camiel Borgman and Hadewych Minis as Marina are stand-outs, and deserve to be seen by a wider audience. One possible conclusion is that Warmerdam's script presents a black-and-white position in reaching a verdict, but in reality there are Lynchian levels of grey and plenty of scope for interpretation over a glass of wine (or two) afterwards. Well worth seeking out for those of a less delicate sensibility.


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