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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Matthias Schoenaerts
Jeroen Perceval
Jeanne Dandoy
Sam Louwyck.
Directors
Michaël R. Roskam.
Screenwriters
Michael R. Roskam.
Running Time
124 minutes

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Bullhead
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Plot
Belgian cattleman Jacky Vanmarsenille (Schoenaerts) is caught up in a shady hormone doping scheme run by an unscrupulous meat magnate (Louwyck). The death of a policeman and a dark secret from his past soon raise the stakes...


Review
Bullhead
Eyebrows were raised when Belgium bypassed the Dardenne Brothers to enter this glowering rural thriller in last year’s Oscar race, but it paid off with a deserved nomination. A densely plotted study of illegal hormone trading in the cattle racket, overseen by stormy skies and possibly homicidal veterinarians, it’s more than a Eurostar ride away from James Herriot. As a farmer sharing his livestock’s steroids to mask the effects of a wince-worthy childhood trauma, Matthias Schoenaerts is immense in all senses: between this and Rust And Bone, he’s emerged as the arthouse’s hottest new property.


Verdict
Made before Rust And Bone but timed to capitalise on Schoenaerts' new-found profile among English speaking audiences, Bullhead more than deserves its run at the big screen. So does its star.


Reviewed by Guy Lodge

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RE: Stunning film

I know a lot of people seem to enjoy it A LOT, sometimes calling it a masterpiece. I was told it was superb. Still, I couldn't get into it. I thought it was an empty, boring movie, filled with ugly pictures. There's nothing beautiful to be seen, just the abrupt reality of some of the most depressing places of Belgium (as a Belgian myself, I really don't understand why some people would pay to watch such things on a big screen). The actor is of course phenomenal but he's just caught in the middl... More

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Posted by dseys at 15:01, 20 October 2013 | Report This Post


Stunning film

Now here’s a genuine movie of the year candidate. A fantastic crime drama with an original backdrop and a fascinating character study at the centre and an intense, powerful performance from Matthias Schoenaerts who’s quickly becoming one of the best young actors around anywhere. He was the main reason I wanted to watch this film after seeing him in Rust And Bone, but his performance here is on a whole new level. He’s such a huge (literally) and overpowering screen presence. He plays a steroid a... More

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Posted by Coyleone at 23:39, 19 October 2013 | Report This Post


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