Almost every year at Cannes, there’s a film that gets attention for pure WTF-ness. This year it could have been Ari Folman’s The Congress, but by the time everything is said and done it may actually be Borgman. The Dutch film has some of the same tone seen in other notable Cannes entries such as Dogtooth, Sightseers, Holy Motors, and several films from Michael Haneke — it’s a modern film that takes place in a recognizable, seemingly “normal” world. And yet there’s something very off in the air.

Alex van Warmerdam¬†directs Jan Bijvoet as a homeless man who makes a simple request of a bourgeois family, leading the husband (Jeroen Perceval) to reject him even as his wife¬†(Hadewych Minis) is more supportive. The man works his way into the family’s life, and then things get weird.

Here’s a trailer for the film that shows some (but by no means all) of the quiet beginning, and quickly escalates into stuff that, let’s just say, you probably wouldn’t want happening in your own house. Read More »