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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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Alex van Warmerdam
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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 lament

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The perfect cross between Dogtooth and Michael Haneke.


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Netherlands | Belgium | Denmark

Language:

Dutch | English

Release Date:

29 August 2013 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Bela See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€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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Production Co:

Graniet Film BV,NTR,Epidemic See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (HD)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In 2013 this movie became the first Dutch movie in 38 years to be selected for the Cannes Film Festival. 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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Absurd motives in a realistic setting
27 October 2013 | by BuildDisciplineSee all my reviews

I just left the Eye cinema in Amsterdam in dubious, yet better mood than I came in. Borgman managed to touch a part of my passion for film that has rarely been touched before. The atmosphere of this film reminded me of Mikkelsen's 'Jagten'.

What I believe is great about Borgman is that the settings are all realistic, but the motives of the characters are perfectly absurd. That made it nearly impossible to predict what was going to happen and kept me deeply involved throughout the story.

There is a lot of humor hidden behind the sadism in this film. This makes the film a bit less heavy to watch and I guess that's what makes it more appealing to a lot of people. In my opinion, Borgman would have been a great success with or without the exaggerated sadism.

It's the absurd behaviors and realistic way that they are portrayed that carry this film.


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