Directed by Alex van Warmerdam
A dark suburban fable exploring the nature of evil in unexpected places, Borgman follows an enigmatic vagrant who enters the lives of an upper-class family and quickly unravels their carefully curated lifestyle. Charming and mysterious, Camiel Borgman seems almost otherworldly, and it isn't long before he has the wife, children and nanny under his spell in a calculated bid to take over their home life. However, his domestic assimilation takes a malevolent turn as his ultimate plan comes to bear, igniting a series of increasingly maddening and menacing events.
A vagrant meances the life of an upper-class family in this dark fable.
Cast: Jan Bijvoet, Tom Dewispelaere, Sarah Hjort Ditlevsen, Hadewych Minis
Wish I hadn’t wasted my time on this one. Watch the original Funny Games instead.
Not a favorite. It was too predictable for me. Maybe I'll watch it again and see if it was just my mood.
Really hated this movie. What's the point of creating a beautiful work (images, locations, narration as well) where every and anything make us feel bad? Oh the little girl is under a spell; oh the guy doesn't notice the gardener is the bum he smashed his face in; maybe he is under a spell as well. Why dogs? why scars? why orange soda for fuck's sake?! Explanations? Oh no! That's so passe. Some viewers may find justification for this sadistic flic in the portrait of a grossly rich couple with their idle life, but I don't buy that. Maybe it's about something else, something about Holland... Damn, gotta to do some research now, but still giving it 1 skull.
Such a weirdly good movie.
*SPOILERS* I really liked the movie, yet there were a few things that I didn't understand. #1- The operation on the children and nanny that left a scar on their spine, Cameil having the same scar. What was that? Soul taking or something? #2- Cameil and hid company were obviously some kind of entity. What was he? #3- Their aim was not to take over the family's house but to destroy the family and move on. What was that about? Part of me wonders if it is one of those smug European films that just add things that mean nothing just to make their film seem deep. But I still found it entertaining.