Heading out of FANtastic Fest 2013 one of the films on everyone's lips was the Dutch home invasion film Borgman. After seeing the initial pictures and trailers this morbidly awesome flick became a highly anticipated thrill ride that luckily for us did not disappoint. Starting the miraculous Jan Bijvoet as the cunning and devious Camiel Borgman; it is a tale of manipulation and seduction unlike any you have ever seen. The evilness that is bred in this film is a sinister reality no family would ever want to endure. Added with the beautiful landscape of the dutch cinematic kaleidoscope in the setting; Borgman in a timeless classic that should be etched into the horror database of achieving foreign horror.
One of the aspects of Borgman that stands to be recognized is the childlike fantasy quality that the film possesses from it’s explosive start. The convincing forest area surrounding the main house of Borgman brings a Spiderwick meets Harry Potter type quality dealing with the significant shrubbery and grey backdrop. The whimsical nature of the film involving all the deranged associates of Borgman are truly the only thing from making this a family tale. There is a lesson of don’t talk to,or invite a stranger into your life that begs for appreciation and delivers the true tone of this film. The interactions with all involved in the film creates many questions for the viewer which may be the hardest thing for some to enjoy. What this does is set up for an existence of Borgman outside of the film as you mull over how a person so cunning could behave so circuitous. In a film that finds a vagrant deceiving an unexpecting family, Borgman shows that bonds of family and love can be crushed by small instances of deceit and betrayal.
Many will be curious to the motives behind Borgman and his assailants and why they must torture the livelihood of these victims. That is one of the beautiful aspects of the film that reminds you that terror can come in all forms. Outside of Jan the rest of the cast does an impeccable job especially Marina (Hadewych Minis) who falls under the glare of Camiel even though she is not the main target of his influence.
Borgman may be bothersome for some but it is purely an entertaining film that has you begging for consistency even though you can’t take your eyes off all that surrounds you. In the vein of films like Funny Games and Them Borgman reaches the depths of the macabre even though there is a comedic undertone to the process of the malefic actions. Borgman is a “root for the bad guy” type of thriller that many will enjoy. We would not be surprised to see an American makeover on this film. That could possible allow someone to try and decipher some of the madness behind Borgman but regardless if that happens or not we need to see more and hope a sequel is in the works!
Borgman is directed by Alex van Warmerdam and stars Jan Bijvoet, Hadewych Minis, Jeroen Perceval. It has been released in NYC on June 6th with additional dates across the country starting June 13th. For more iformation on how you can see Borgman visit their site here: http://drafthousefilms.com/film/borgman. Borgman is being released courtesy of Drafthouse Films.