Looks like the less we know about this Dutch thriller in advance the better (watch it with English subtitles here), but here’s the official synopsis: “Borgman’s arrival in the tree-lined avenues of an exclusive residential area is the beginning of a series of unsettling events around the carefully constructed facade of a wealthy couple, their three children and the nanny.”
Read Alex van Warmerdam’s own description of his intentions after the cut.
In Borgman I wanted to show that evil comes in everyday form, embodied within ordinary, normal, polite men and women who perform their tasks with pride and pleasure, and with ruthless attention to detail. I wanted to show that evil is enacted not just on cold winter nights, but in the optimistic summer, beneath a warm and comforting sun.
And I wanted to show that a man like Borgman, who continually remains elusive, can intoxicate a woman so fully with desire that she is rendered powerless.
This film is darker than my other films because I wanted to go further. I wanted to descend into an unknown, dark part of my imagination and see what was to be found there. And I wanted to make a film very much open to interpretation, one that raises more questions than it answers.
I think Borgman is a strong film – ask me again in 10 years and I will have forgotten how I ever came to write it – but in my experience there are always things which could be better. Nevertheless I am very curious about how it will be received.