Director Alex van Warmerdam’s film Borgman is a fantastically disturbing picture that intrigues you from its opening frame. Beautiful and chaotic, it will leave you mesmerized.
Borgman is a vile person with secrets that aren’t every truly exposed. Living in a makeshift shelter in the woods, he is forced on the run when a group of men seek him out and discover his lair. Upon fleeing, he comes across a family and things take a darker turn when Borgman’s motives are revealed to be much more violent than he lets on.
Jan Bijvoet’s portrayal of Camiel Borgman is flawless, making you have a hard time searching his eyes for what he is about to do in every scene. His presence always has menace, almost without merit and that in itself is impressive.
The script is incredibly well written, toying with your state of mind and making you guess between what is reality and what is a dream. Borgman is very effective and will stick with you long after you watch it.
If you’re a fan of the Bloody Disgusting Selects film The Woman or even Funny Games, you would really enjoy this one. I give this film 3 out of 5 poison darts.