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Borgman (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 29 August 2013 (Netherlands)
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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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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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Drama | Thriller

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Budget:

€3,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$56,474 (USA) (25 July 2014)
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Official submission of the Netherlands to the Oscars 2014 best foreign language film category. 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 a caption from a quote from the Old Testament: And they descended upon the earth to strengthen their ranks. See more »

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References Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (2007) See more »

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An incredible, surreal, funny allegory for social upheaval
10 November 2013 | by (Wallis and Futuna) – See all my reviews

One of the best films of the Philadelphia Film Festival, Borgman is a hilarious, darkly satirical, mysterious, sexy, fascinating, and surreal allegory for social upheaval.

In the beginning, there was armed men looking to kill underground hobos. We will never find out why they want to kill them or why the hobos are underground (or why the hobos have nice cellphones). One of them, Camiel Borgman, escapes and warns his friends. He washes himself at a gas station and begins wandering down an extremely affluent street with the intention of getting a proper bath in one of them, simply by asking at the front door. One house in particular strikes his fancy, and he begins a slow process of worming his way into the household and the lives of everyone who lives there.

But that's when things get REALLY strange.

This film is destined for hopefully a good deal of international attention in the art-house circuit due to its exceptional storytelling, unpredictability and very weird plot.

With the matter-of-fact way it presents absurd goings-on, it reminded me of Dogtooth a little.


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