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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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Gardener
Mike Weerts ...
Arthur Stornebrink
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Benjamin Boe Rasmussen ...
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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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29 August 2013 (Netherlands)  »

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Bela  »

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€3,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$56,474 (USA) (25 July 2014)
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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 »

Goofs

After Camiel Borgman starts the chainsaw to cut down a tree, the chainsaw is clearly not running. 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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References Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (2007) See more »

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Dark and twisted film that defies explanation
14 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Weird and unnerving are a couple words which accurately describe the experience that is watching this film. What the film means is anyone's guess, and nothing is really spelled out or explained. This actually is a good thing, though, because the viewer can take away from it what they want. The story is about a vagrant named Borgman who insinuates himself into this affluent family's home and slowly makes life a living hell for them. The overall tone of the film is one of unease, mystery and black humor, peppered with a shock every now and then. There are several scenes which may stick with you long after finishing it, and there are a few that are still with me now. Comparing this to anything else is futile, except that if you like weird, disturbing movies (like I do), then you will probably love this. From a quality standpoint, everything is well-shot and all of the actors, including the children, give good performances as far as I can tell (Dutch isn't a language I speak). The tone of the film is also set very well by the score, which is off-kilter and dissonant. Since it is best to go into this film with as little information as possible, I'll end here. Suffice it to say, if you're brave enough to give this a try, you might end up liking it as I did.


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