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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (HD)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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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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An incredible, surreal, funny allegory for social upheaval
10 November 2013 | by outdoorcatsSee all my reviews

One of the best films of the Philadelphia Film Festival, Borgman is a hilarious, darkly satirical, mysterious, sexy, fascinating, and surreal allegory for social upheaval.

In the beginning, there was armed men looking to kill underground hobos. We will never find out why they want to kill them or why the hobos are underground (or why the hobos have nice cellphones). One of them, Camiel Borgman, escapes and warns his friends. He washes himself at a gas station and begins wandering down an extremely affluent street with the intention of getting a proper bath in one of them, simply by asking at the front door. One house in particular strikes his fancy, and he begins a slow process of worming his way into the household and the lives of everyone who lives there.

But that's when things get REALLY strange.

This film is destined for hopefully a good deal of international attention in the art-house circuit due to its exceptional storytelling, unpredictability and very weird plot.

With the matter-of-fact way it presents absurd goings-on, it reminded me of Dogtooth a little.


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