|Genre:||Thriller, Mystery, Comedy, Drama|
|Regie:||Alex van Warmerdam|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 113 min.|
|FSK:||From 16 years|
|Anzahl der Disc:||1|
|Sprachen:||German, Dutch/English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)|
|Bildformat:||16:9 (2.35:1) 1080p24 / AVC|
|Extras:||Trailer, Deleted Scenes, Program Tips|
Film: The vagrant Borgman (Jan Bijvoet) lives in an underground hiding place in the forest. When he is chased by a group of violent men, Borgman flees to a noble villa district, where he tries to stay with the family of Richard (Jeroen Perceval) and Marina (Hadewych Minis). But Richard drives the run-down stranger away and even beats him up. In Marina the pity awakens, which is why she doesn't tell her husband that Borgman is hiding in her gazebo and that she secretly allows him to use her bathroom. A special relationship quickly develops between the two, which leads the tramp to become part of the family. But that can only be done with a new identity. As a new gardener, Borgman also manages to be accepted into the pretty home by Richard. But what is the mysterious man really up to?
Since in "Die letzten Tage der Emma Blank" director and actor Alex van Warmerdam has revealed a weakness for weird and extremely black humor. He has interrupted clear narrative structures for some very bizarre moments and skilfully misled the viewer over and over again. He has retained this style in his latest work "Borgman" and even increased it many times over. There are always scenes or dream sequences in which the viewer wonders what the whole thing is all about. What would lead to many other movies turning away from the action in an annoyed way has a rather opposite effect here. Because van Warmerdam always uses extremely weird humour at the right moment and thus loosens up the oppressive atmosphere, you as a viewer like to stay on the ball - even if you don't really know why.
Skilfully the production balances between thriller, family drama, pitch-black comedy and disturbing avant-garde. Thus he gives his movie a very special flair, which you as a viewer can hardly escape. And every time you think you've seen through history, there's a new twist that turns everything upside down. Admittedly, the whole thing is very difficult to access. As a viewer, you have to be prepared to get involved with the carried narrative tempo, the cryptic staging and the very weird humour. One should also refrain from really wanting to understand everything. Anyone who succeeds in this could have even more fun with "Borgman" than with the surprise success "Die letzten Tage der Emma Blank".
At various film festivals the unusual thriller was frenetically celebrated and awarded several prizes. And even though the movie certainly won't attract the big crowds, there is a good chance that it could become a small cult hit. For even though the film will only be accessible to a few, it can rightly be said that in recent times there have only been a few works that are even more unusual and that bore their way into the minds of viewers in such a lasting way as "Borgman". And that's why - at least for Arthaus lovers who appreciate very special challenges - the following applies: absolutely worth seeing!
image + sound: The Blu-ray image is pin sharp and shows hardly any noticeable loss of quality even in the darker scenes. The color scheme seems a bit undercooled, which underlines the very special atmosphere of the movie well. The sound is present in an atmospheric DTS-HD Master Audio Mix, which remains largely unobtrusive, but which also ensures audible movement in the multi-channel range through targeted sound effects and ambient noises. Good!
Extras: In addition to the trailer for the film and other program tips, the Blu-ray also has five edited scenes (approx. 6:03 min.), including a very bizarre voice imitation. Not much, but worth seeing!
Fazit: "Borgman" is certainly not a film that is accessible to the masses due to its carried narrative tempo, the cryptic staging and the very weird humour. But if you can get involved, you will get a really special movie, that presents itself on Blu-ray in very good picture and sound quality and also has some worth seeing edited scenes on board. For lovers of crazy, challenging Arthaus food absolutely recommendable!
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