He beats the random homeless man asking for a bath. But they were white. Heck, it was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. None of these lend themselves to tidy "explanations", and all hint at much bigger and deeper stories and meanings than what we see on-screen, rather like the fiction of Nabokov, or like the explorations of a Lovecraft narrator. He clearly thinks Camiel is a hobo, when he shows up at their door, probably smelling, with a bad haircut and dirty clothes. The movie as it stands is a bad one, I think, if your theory is true (and I'm not convinced it is). Let that sink in for a moment. Are you picking up what I’m putting down here? This movie reeks of privilege and moral superiority. Some time later, Borgman finds himself ringing doorbells of tastefully appointed Euro-modernist homes – the architect-designed, low-impact cognates of American McMansions – and asking patently ridiculous questions: “Can I come in and take a bath?” When he encounters Richard (Jeroen Perceval), a broad-shouldered, rugby-playing agro-corporate type, Borgman seems to sense an opportunity. It has been done better. We are.” back to our man Camiel, I would say that he is this spirit of this Bloch radical reformation, or Marxist revolutionary and theological change. Evil indeeeed. All we need to know is that the title character is an extremely negative influence on the family, and perhaps that he exploits their psychological and emotional weaknesses for his own ends. Andrew O'Hehir is executive editor of Salon. Naturally, I always appreciate comments in the comments section if you have any. hahahah. “Borgman” also makes you feel that you are being toyed with by a directorial trickster. Realizing that Camiel isn’t going to leave, that he wants to stay, and Marina doesn’t want him to disappear from her life…Camiel asks about her attachments to the gardener. They’ve both built shallow, coffin like shelters below the ground. And Richard reveals his overt racism in how he treats the man. (The documentary “Room 237,” about the universe of cult theories surrounding Kubrick’s “The Shining,” is one of the greatest explorations of this tendency.). If you don’t see the humor in a scene in which Borgman and his companions dispose of three bodies in a rural pond – and then go swimming in it – then this movie isn’t for you. Quite simply, that quote is not from the Bible. This bit about the “I am. If Marina feels conflicted at first about taking in a mysterious houseguest out of liberal guilt, her attempts to conceal him are perfunctory. Such things are like good chess problems, or mathematical questions that have not been solved. Anyway, I will make this super clear from the start. Lastly, I’ll briefly review the film and discuss it from an artistic standpoint. He lies and creates discord. Confrontation between colective actions and egoism. ------------------------------------------. Richard dismisses the black gardener applying for the job out of hand. To do all this of course there will be lots of spoilers. I was a little bit surprised and had a good laugh when that one kid killed that gardener candidate, maybe because of Camiel’s presence, his stories or because that gardener candidate said “get help”, I have no idea. Demons? (Thanks CY!). Huh… maybe? (Or actually to reinvent himself and return in a new guise, one Richard won’t recognize.) The team also takes the children into the hideout to perform some kind of surgery on them, causing them to be more comfortable with Camiel and his team than with their own parents. Change ), Interview-Review: Incident at Loch Ness (2004) – A Mockumentary about Werner Herzog Documentaries and the Loch Ness Monster, Mini-Review: Roman Polanski’s Film Adaptation of David Ives’ Tony Award Nominated Play Venus in Fur (2013), Like us on Facebook. I can’t make sense of it. It did mine anyway.) Start here: 9 Crazy Theories to Explain the Movie Borgman. I thought that the point of filming something is to get a message across. Marina at some point eloquently and blatantly references what is commonly known as “white guilt”. However, Marina, driven by guilt and curiosity, decides to help him and allows him to stay in the garden shed, without Richard knowing it. I know the film is not supposed to be enjoyed on this level, but I loved the rich white family’s luxurious residence. What I will say is that I liked that the film is trying to be different from the (mostly) great films I mentioned above, but I’m not sure it works entirely. (Speaking of which, could you please sign this viewing waiver before you watch? (Every TV show seen in this film is in English, which strikes me as a clue of some kind, or simply as a fact.) And then she installs him in the backyard garden shed. For one thing, none of it really happened! Just like in the Bible story it is Marina, the woman, who is tempted by the snake (Camiel). Pure evil‘s only reason to exist is to destroy everything that is good. During Richard's absence, Anton apparently befriends Marina and all three children. I enjoyed the writing, the action, the wound tight plot, and specifically the internal mechanics of the artificial intelligence dialogue. But the good news? What’s the sense in all the killings in the movie then? hahaha.). This is 100% Marina’s doing. And ultimately, this final goal would come via this idea of self-encounters. A potion that has her fixated on Pascal. Without forsaking its realistic trappings, “Borgman” morphs into a vaguely supernatural home-invasion nightmare, and its body count escalates. The ballet scene was about it I guess. My first instinct was that they’re organ traffickers. Merci beaucoup :). And nine is me barely trying. It sounds like something out of the Old Testament (like the story of Noah) or the book of Revelations. Maybe a movie that requires a bit too much thinking in fact. Marina doesn’t really want to let him into his home, but since her husband beat him up pretty badly she feels guilty. It is sufficient for me if they have a good time. What I’ll attempt to do with this essay is present a couple theories of what the film means. Loved it! Van Warmerdam has clearly been influenced by the devious, philosophical meta-fictions of Michael Haneke (he of “Amour” and “Caché”), but also by the moral and spiritual dramas of Ingmar Bergman. The scenes are shot well, the beginning is amazing, but it turns out there aren’t many people who could say what the message of the film is really about. I don't think if you watched it enough times you would eventually figure out why he's living underground, or how he is able to influence the family, or other big question like that.  It was screened in the Vanguard section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. This might be a situation where there was a plot and a coherent narrative and payoff, but it was left on the cutting-room floor... New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, More posts from the FilmsExplained community. Or something. All the reviews I read seem to miss the fact that Borgman and his colleagues all have the same scars on their backs, as the children and Stine are shown to recieve. He is able to make Marina dream bad things. A hallmark of this "cheating" approach, which tries to convey the appearance of depth and complexity, is windups without payoff. His family’s affluence is “not our fault,” he assures Marina. I just never know how explicit with this stuff I need to be. If we look at the movie, Borgman could be seen as the snake (satan), tempting Eve, Marina (Hadewych Minis) in the film.
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