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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.

Director:

Alex van Warmerdam
12 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan Bijvoet ... Camiel Borgman
Hadewych Minis ... Marina
Jeroen Perceval ... Richard
Alex van Warmerdam ... Ludwig
Tom Dewispelaere ... Pascal
Sara Hjort Ditlevsen ... Stine
Elve Lijbaart Elve Lijbaart ... Isolde
Dirkje van der Pijl Dirkje van der Pijl ... Rebecca
Pieter-Bas de Waard Pieter-Bas de Waard ... Leo
Eva van de Wijdeven Eva van de Wijdeven ... Ilonka
Annet Malherbe ... Brenda
Gene Bervoets ... Gardener
Mike Weerts Mike Weerts ... Arthur Stornebrink
Pierre Bokma ... Priest
Benjamin Boe Rasmussen Benjamin Boe Rasmussen ... Man with Dog
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Storyline

A priest and his companion hunt silently through the fields, accompanied by a braying dog. They are armed and deadly. Their quarry is Camiel Borgman (Jan Bijvoet), living in military sparseness in an underground den, near companions Ludwig and Pascal. Camiel scrapes out with some difficulty, hitching a ride with a doomed truck driver on a relentless trip to the heart of suburbia. He passes by two odd women, Brenda and Ilonka, with whom he seems to share a history. When a dirty Camiel arrives at the door of artist Marina and media executive Richard's expansive, designer-chic home, the shifting perceptions of Van Warmerdam's screenplay begin to displace and disorient the audience. Hallucinogenic elements dot the consciousness as Camiel shifts between the roles of victim and aggressor. He asks for a bath. He toys with Richard's jealousy. He is viciously beaten up by his cruelly intolerant host and left wounded on the floor. Marina seeks to assuage her guilt by allowing him a space for ... Written by Drafthouse Films

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The perfect cross between Dogtooth and Michael Haneke.


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official submission of the Netherlands to the Oscars 2014 best foreign language film category. See more »

Goofs

In one of the first scenes when the kids go to bed, it's clearly bright outside and in the middle of the day. In the next scene it's night. 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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Foreign storytelling!
27 August 2015 | by SpannersGerm669See all my reviews

Borgman is a prime example of the difference between Mainstream Hollywood and European Cinema. Movies that don't tie up loose ends and force feed the audience. Movies that pay respect to the intelligence of the viewer. Borgman never really explains anything during the movie which will put a lot of people off, but if you are prepared to look at the minor details, you will appreciate the film for what it is, a deeply psychological look at social classes and many other elements that will get the audience thinking and ultimately form a discussion. With some truly unsettling scenes being complimented by dry humour, Borgman gives off a certain charm that will captivate the viewer right through the two hour running time! Great acting performances along with some surreal images gives Borgman that unique and creative edge, within a world of movies that lack anything new!


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Country:

Netherlands | Belgium | Denmark

Language:

Dutch | English

Release Date:

29 August 2013 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR3,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,317, 8 June 2014

Gross USA:

$57,474

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,052,010
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (HD)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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