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Borgman (2013)

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Borgman is a movie starring Jan Bijvoet, Hadewych Minis, and Jeroen Perceval. 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Camiel Borgman
... Marina
... Richard
... Ludwig
... Pascal
... Stine
Elve Lijbaart ... Isolde
Dirkje van der Pijl ... Rebecca
Pieter-Bas de Waard ... Leo
Eva van de Wijdeven ... Ilonka
... Brenda
... Gardener
Mike Weerts ... Arthur Stornebrink
... Priest
Benjamin Boe Rasmussen ... Man with Dog
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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 lament

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The perfect cross between Dogtooth and Michael Haneke.


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29 August 2013 (Netherlands)  »

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€3,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€77,448 (Netherlands), 1 September 2013, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,224, 20 June 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$56,474, 25 July 2014
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Director Alex van Warmerdam seriously considered Mads Mikkelsen in a lead role. Mikkelsen read the script and wanted to do it, but an agreement on his salary could not be reached. 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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The movie undoubtedly makes one wonder about his/her own inner dark side.
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Borgman is not a vagabond or a homeless, but the evil, the Antichrist itself. He emerges from under the ground with his followers when the local priest and some helpers try to destroy them. They manage to escape and set out on a journey to capture new souls. Borgman is not interested in money or wealth, not interested in seducing women or hurting children. He could get it all if only he wanted to. His only interest is to bring out the evil residing in all humans - men, women, children. He manipulates, sedates or kills people when it is necessary, but it is not a goal, just a tool for him. When he finds a potential follower, he marks him or her with a stigma on their backs. He does a perfect job with an upper-class family turning the family members, the babysitter and her boyfriend against each other, uncovering their worst thoughts and desires. Borgman ends up by capturing new followers, and abandons the beautiful house by cleaning up any traces of his terrible deeds. The movie is surrealistic, full of symbols related to the Bible, and lightened up with lots of spooky humor. It does have a clear plot and a full ending, and undoubtedly makes one wonder about his/her own inner dark side.


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