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Borgman (2014)



Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 54
Fresh: 46 | Rotten: 8

Borgman's unpredictability may confound as many viewers as it enthralls, but either way, it's a refreshingly original experiment in off-kilter terror.


Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 3

Borgman's unpredictability may confound as many viewers as it enthralls, but either way, it's a refreshingly original experiment in off-kilter terror.



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Modern day Europe: 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, 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


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Alex van Warmerdam

Sep 9, 2014


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All Critics (54) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (46) | Rotten (8)

What Marina sees in Borgman is one of the countless implausibilities that make the film more annoying than disturbing.

July 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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The black humour and perversity can occasionally startle, but the film takes far too much sadistic delight in punishing these entitled dopes.

July 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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A creepily comical story about an insistent vagrant turned insidious home occupier.

July 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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It's the hypnotic little thriller's disturbing twists that make it such a singular -- and singularly weird -- experience.

June 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Though it's too enigmatic for its own good and often feels like it's being made up as it goes, the Dutch import "Borgman" holds interest if only to see what might possibly happen next.

June 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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"Borgman" might sound compelling in the abstract. But if you want to enjoy it and stay engaged by it for more than 10 minutes, you'll have to talk yourself into it.

June 19, 2014 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Funny Games, indeed. Creepy, spooky and nightmarish.

July 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Horror is far more unsettling when it's surrounded by teak furniture.

July 7, 2014 Full Review Source:

Borgman falls somewhere between Boudu and Rasputin in the canon of family interlopers, an instinctual manipulator who can pinpoint vulnerability with laser precision.

June 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

It's a sidelong coming-of-age that feels as though it skims the bittersweetness of its ending, but Lucky Them cares more about the trip than the destination.

June 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Weekly
Philadelphia Weekly

Borgman is one of the oddest, most unsettling, most boldly and strikingly bizarre films I have seen in a long while.

June 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Nerdist

It's a challenging but fascinating work that truly has be seen to be understoo -- er, appreciated.

June 20, 2014 Full Review Source:

Borgman stays compelling through sheer strangeness, gorgeous photography and sharp performances.

June 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Austin American-Statesman
Austin American-Statesman

The degree of ambiguity involved in this scenario imbues each new twist with claustrophobia and dread.

June 20, 2014 Full Review Source: indieWIRE

Itinerant crooks or satanists? This bizarre import has the feel of a fever dream. Characters, most especially the eponymous gardener, float through the narrative as if in a Dr. Caligari-induced haze.

June 18, 2014 Full Review Source: CinemaDope

To watch the boundlessly unpredictable "Borgman" unpeel one disquieting layer at a time is to be simultaneously invigorated, terrified and humbled by the vastness of its macabre ambition.

June 18, 2014 Full Review Source:

Borgman is a film that lingers long after it's ended.

June 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

Borgman burrows under our skins by being different. Ironically, the fact that it's so different might scare the bulk of its potential audience away.

June 18, 2014 Full Review Source:

This humorous, subtly nightmarish tale could be the vigorous brain-boink you've been craving.

June 16, 2014 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Borgman

'Borgman'. Absurd, surreal, dark, and most of all, hilarious! What it all means will be a bonus when I figure it out.
December 30, 2013

Super Reviewer

This outstanding Dutch thriller written and directed by Alex van Warmerdam will make you think like never before... mainly to understand what actually happened. But, even if you don't, it is worth every penny for the artistic value, unbelievable storytelling, unpredictable mystery and acting! I wish I could watch more movies with stars Jan Bijvoet (Camiel Borgman), Hadewych Minis (Marina), Jeroen Perceval (Richard) - they were perfectly casted! This film was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and it was selected as the Dutch entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards. Sadly, it missed the opportunity to be nominated for the Oscars.


I am not sure how to explain the plot... it is a strange story with clues which will never give you the answer... But I will try to give you another clue - Borgman or Borgmann is the name given for landlords who worked for king's, royal aristocracy in the middle-ages. Those who had to collect payments, therefore the Dutch name 'borg' to take toll/to take money and 'man' the person who takes it! And in this movie the payment was in lives. Everything starts with a priest with his helpers trying to catch mysterious men, who managed to escape. Their leader sets in motion disturbing series of events disrupting the comfortable existence of an affluent family. As soon as he started, he is violently assaulted by hot-headed husband and father Richard (Jeroen Perceval) after requesting to take a bath in his home, and insinuating that he was once close with Richard's artist wife Marina (Hadewych Minis) who takes mercy on the stranger... and that was the mistake...


I will recommend this movie to every film lover who can appreciate really dark fable... and this one has exceptional protagonist who is quite a character but we are never really sure if it is just a dream, a demon, or the physical embodiment of our fears? It is pure sinister presence on the streets of a normal everyday suburb, causing cracks on the crumbling facade of the " perfect" couple with three children, a couple arrogant and full of himself.

July 20, 2014
Panta Oz

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A well thought allegory to lower class vs arrogant posh class, Borgman is a little devil on the loose, wrecking up chaos amidst a pretty awful family. Takes a lot of influence from Haneke and gets a bit lost towards the end, but sets it's message rather well and the ride until there is interesting, darkly humorous and very well acted. Needless to say, if you don't have patience for this kind of movie, you'll pretty much end up thinking this is a pretentious wank fest.
April 27, 2014
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