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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:

EUR3,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,317, 8 June 2014

Gross USA:

$57,474

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,009,474
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Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (HD)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »

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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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The form is as we are, but the kind different.
22 July 2014 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

The Dutch's submission for 2014 Oscars and it did not find a place in the final five. This Dutch movie got good critical response and mixed from the moviegoer. A strange narration and excellent characters display by the cast make the movie very interesting. A similar movie to the recent ones 'Upstream Color' and 'Enemy'. A movie for grown ups and a hard concept to crack it down. A slightly disturbing which leaves lots of questions behind than answering it. You should choose carefully this movie to watch. If you know what this movie is all about then there won't be an issue when you begin to watch it.

This is not your regular entertainer, it is what people sometimes call an art movie. You need to be a little smarter in order to understand the movie with presentation like this. Because the movie won't conclude by saying its purpose, instead you should yourself decode it otherwise you will miss something hidden within and blame for the wasting time. This is the story of a mystery man Camiel Borgman and his gang who finds a place in a rich family house. Slowly conquer whole family by possessing and corrupting their minds. The gang is aware of what they are doing and what should be done like some secret mission of the secret organization. So how far it takes to accomplish and what are all methods used is the story that unfolds.

''I am scared. It appeared suddenly. I've been marked''

Other movies leave pretty wide clues of what it was dealing, but this one it is a tough to make a guess. What I got was the good versus the evil theme. What if the negative forces like ghosts and demons are not scarier ones like we have believed, but lives among us as one possessing and terrorizing the human. The opening scene was fairly convinced me to believe this way when a bunch of priest tried to hunt down the evils by digging their graves out. So they left no choice, but leave the place behind and find a new home to save themselves and their kind. That is how Camiel Borgman make to a rich house. Entering into their minds, psychologically affecting the characters and bringing chaos to fight each others.

Yeah, it won't look like any horror movie with scary pictures and sudden loud noises, but everything was told in a realistic manner. You would also find a werewolf kind of concept as well. Characters turning into a slimy dog (don't expect the computer graphical tricks because there is none) which won't exactly explains, but I assumed that way. Usually demons need an invitation, a scene in the movie explains it when a bunch of them try to enter the house as a gardener, but denied until Camiel Borgman makes it. I am not made for a movie like this, but sometimes I enjoy them and this movie looked better than what I had in my mind about it. Expected a little better in a few areas and wanted to like it. Still, I was not fully convinced, but somehow managed to like the movie.


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