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The young Limburg cattle farmer Jacky Vanmarsenille is approached by an unscrupulous veterinarian to make a shady deal with a notorious West-Flemish beef trader. But the assassination of a federal policeman, and an unexpected confrontation with a mysterious secret from his past, set in motion a chain of events with far-reaching consequences.
Michaël R. Roskam’s feature debut may have been nominated for an Oscar but I found its story and portentous atmosphere a little hard to swallow. Matthias Schoenaerts stars as Jacky Vanmarsenille, a young farmer who inadvertently gets caught up in the shady dealings of dodgy beef traders and the hormone mafia whilst being haunted by a childhood tragedy that has left him wounded and emasculated.
Whilst the film should be commended for exploring a rather unique subject matter Roskman’s handling of the contrived and messy plot leaves a lot to be desired. Bullhead is part rural noir and part character study as the film slowly reveals the childhood trauma that has shaped the man Jacky has become. He is a…
I like this film so much I bought it...
I have a pretty high tolerance for violence in films, sometimes I actually enjoy it! There's one scene in Bullhead that went too far for me. Because I want to avoid spoilers I can't say much more than it involves a child and it's graphic not only because of what's shown, but because of what's deliberately not shown. I became physically ill and had to stop the film. I came back and finished the rest after I calmed down a bit, and I ended up enjoying it overall, but I'll never be able to get rid of that one scene.
Bullhead is a tough-to-watch but extremely well done gritty crime drama about a cattle farmer named Jacky who seems destined…
What an outstanding performance by Matthias Schoenaerts. It's a good thing too because he carries the picture. At first I thought it was going to be a gangster type film about the hormone drug trade, but it really is about Jacky Vanmarsenille and how a horrible event in his youth has informed every thing about him. He truly is outstanding as an embarrassed, lonely young man who wants what he thinks he can't have. There is nothing off about Schoenaerts portrayal. Every look, every word is authentic. And this actor can say more with his eyes than most.
The ending of the film, with events unfolding to music that gets louder and louder, reminiscent of I Am Love, is dramatic…
I have to admit that I went into Bullhead unsure what to expect - both content and quality wise. Despite its Oscar nomination, the film carries a ho-hum reputation on Letterboxd and the fact it has never received a release in Australia (cinema or DVD) cemented that fact that perhaps wasn't worth the time.
As it turns out, Bullhead was worth my time. Whilst I can acknowledge the complaints registered against it, its faults are clearly there for all to see, with the film's gripping performance from Schoenaerts, the original world of the "Hormone Mafia" and the atypical sprawling crime drama plot - Bullhead well truly kept me anchored to my…
30 Countries, 30 Days.
Time Period: present, flashbacks 30 years
Theme: No satisfaction in revenge, moments in youth that affect people every day
Style of Subtitle: Thin, sleek font white letters centered at bottom. Occasional dash if two people speaking.
Funniest / Oddest Subtitle: A variety involving balls
What did I learn about the country: The terms Flemish and Walloons.
Coincidental relation to last country I watched: There is a language border
I heard there's an American remake planned: Starring Tom Hardy as Jacky, Directed by Darren Aronofsky.
What a beautifully photographed film. Bullhead is not the movie I selected for this country, but so many people rave about, and I felt compelled to see more…
Sometimes it's best not to go into a film completely blind, as you can spend half of it trying to figure out what sort of film it's going to be, especially with one as unnecessarily long and slow-moving as this. I spent the first half hour of Rundskop wondering if it was going to continue as farming drama, or turn into either a killer cattle creature feature or a contaminated meat horror. As it transpired, it's a macho, if dour thriller about Jacky, a young farmer who, having few qualms about his livestock being injected with illegal hormones, starts taking extra doses of his medically-prescribed testosterone, with ultimately violent results. This is set against a crime drama backdrop, as the…
This is a broken man. This is a man as broken as his privates.
Speaking as someone who was born with no male genitalia, even I gasped and groaned when baby Jacky's bitties were getting whaled on. I'd gone to the theater with absolutely no clue to the synopsis, so I laughed, horrified. In a single flashback scene, we're told everything we need to know about our guy. I made the face I did the first time I saw the fire extinguisher scene in "Irréversible".
Unlike Gaspar Noé, however, Michaël Roskam isn't gratuitous or senseless with his visuals. Every single moment of violence in "Bullhead" serves its purpose: we understand our titular antihero, as brutal as he is. Like the…
This is probably the best foreign film I've seen since The Treatment, which was the stand out piece for me from the Glasgow frightfeast film festival a few weeks ago.
Bullhead is another Nordic Noir piece set in Belgium about a cattle farmer......wait...stay with me here.....struggling to makes ends meet, Jacky Vanmarsenille, played by Matthias Schoenaerts turns to injecting his livestock with steroids to make them more marketable and profitable. Jack, unfortunately, doesn't stop there with the needle.....he samples his new business venture himself and feels a sense of power running through his veins along with the chemicals.
To get the best price for his cattle, he jumps into bed with a well-known yet crooked meat trader, and this is…
I have never felt as sick and nauseous as I have when watching a violent act portrayed in the first act of this film. The psychological effects it had on the character are there but I felt they should have been the focus of the story. The hormone / mafia angle is not that well handled. Again, it feels like a first time director's film. It's good, but there's wasted potential
"Bullhead" is an intense, mesmerizing crime thriller about a young farmer who becomes involved in a shady transaction. A murder investigation slowly encircles him, despite his innocence, and brings him to confront some ghosts from his past. Matthias Schoenaerts gives a stunning performance as the drug-addled farmer.
Hmm….This one must not be for me I guess. Despite the slew of positive reviews for Bullhead I wasn't able to enjoy it as much as others apparently did.
I believe that I discovered this film on here around the time that I was blown away by Rust & Bone. Since that point, this film has been on my watch list--mainly due to Matthias Schoenaerts's involvement. He was outstanding in R&B and I heard he was great in this as well. I'm a big fan of the guy but I wasn't as impressed with his performance here as I thought I'd be.
I don't always dislike slow burners but this falls on…
Think of it as a Frankenstein movie where the monster is the doctor also. Jacky's monstrosity turns into his own creation as he injects himself with god knows what and goes full King Kong at the end.
Occasionally, the plot is a little muddled and I think it would have been incredible if it had focused only on Jacky. At times, it feels a little like a Guy Ritchie movie without the humor (those mechanics). Bullhead's at its best when it focuses on the particular animalistic psychology of Jacky. But, hey, now I know what goes on the Belgian hormone mafia. Thanks, Bullhead!
I'm very undecided about Michael R. Roskam's 2011 thriller/character-study Bullhead . Going in, I assumed this was an ordinary gangster thriller with the additional twist of being set in the Belgian underworld of groth hormones for cattle.
I was surprised to see that this quite unique setting was only the set-up for a pretty intense character-study on the film's protagonist, a young cattle farmer addicted to hormones because of a traumatic childhood event that left him emasculated.
On one hand I was pleasantly suprised by this as Matthias Schoenaerts delivers a tremendous performance as the aforementioned cattle farmer Jacky - an angry, yet sad and tragic figure whose life has him…
Bullhead had me in knots throughout much of the film. Dark and uncomfortable the film is hard to watch at times. One scene in particular is one of the most jarring I have ever seen. Matthias Schoenaerts was fantastic playing such a damaged person, battling the psychological and physical limitation of his own masculinity.
In my opinion, of course!
And only including films that I've seen.
Hardly in order after the top fifty.
Sometimes I get stuck in a rut when it comes to watching films. I either just watch anything that comes…