Herein lies a disturbing, horrifying, funny movie about gender and social roles, marital strife and infidelity that will make you scratch your head, laugh out loud and squirm in your seat. The film starts with Camiel (Jan Bijvoet), a vagrant living underground in the woods, being hunted by an angry priest. Camiel eventually winds up on the doorstep of a well-to-do family, where he basically starts messing with Marina (Hadewych Minis) and Richard (Jeroen Perceval). Camiel and a few of his henchman infiltrate the household, eventually posing as gardeners who do bad things with the nanny (Sara Hjort Ditlevsen) and anesthetize the children. Writer-director Alex van Warmerdam (who also acts in the film) is up to something sinister and scathing in its views of modern society. While the film doesn’t give you all the answers you might seek as to Camiel and company’s motives, it really doesn’t have to. By the time the film wraps, it’s pretty clear what message Warmerdam is delivering, and it’s an ugly one. Happily, he delivers that ugly message with biting dark humor, some incredible imagery, and fantastic performances.
Director: Alex van Warmerdam
Producer: Mogens Glad, Eurydice Gysel, Koen Mortier, Tine Mosegaard and Marc van Warmerdam
Cast: Jan Bijvoet, Hadewych Minis, Jeroen Perceval, Alex van Warmerdam, Tom De Wispelaere, Sara Ditlevsen, Elve Lijbaart, Eva van de Wijdeven, Annet Malherbe, Pieter-Bas de Waard, Mike Weerts and Dirkje van der Pijl