Borgman (Jan Bijvoet) falls somewhere between Boudu and Rasputin in the canon of family interlopers, an instinctual manipulator who can pinpoint vulnerability with laser precision. He works his way into the home of an affluent Dutch couple by triggering a defensive husband’s hostility and the uncertain wife’s curiosity. Borgman is punctuated by violence committed by a devoted cadre of con artists (including director Alex van Warmerdam), and there are hints that this Manson figure has supernatural abilities. But van Warmerdam keeps everything as orderly and refined as the sleek, modern architecture Borgman makes his own. It’s the sterility of evil.
Review by Serena Donadoni
Released on June 6, 2014 by Drafthouse Films
First published in the Metro Times.
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