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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…
Clearly from the neo-Flanders school of Flemish cattle mafia movies, hits all the familiar tropes of the subgenre hahahahaha jk this is the only Flemish cattle mafia movie.
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…
Nu de juiste versie gedownload, niet al te veel Frans gezever maar in de plaats daarvan iets nog minder verstaanbaar. Snel de ondertitels gedownload, niet zozeer voor het Frans maar voor het Limburgs en bij momenten West-Vlaams.
Dat terzijde begrijp ik de hele Matthias Schoenarts craze nu wel. Ik vond z'n prestatie echt om van te snoepen, ben er vrij zeker van dat Rundskop zonder hem geen succes was geweest. Dat wilt niet zeggen dat alle lof aan the great M toekomt maar ook aan Roscam om het karakter zo uitgedacht te laten zijn, elke beweging zegt wel iets. Als je dat dan nog eens paart met de prachtige close-ups dan levert dat wel sterke beelden op. Vooral de CU's…
Part character study, part police investigation and part bumbling comedy. It’s a notably distinctive story, but the jarring elements never gel as they need to during the unnecessarily long running time.
Screened at the 6th Duxbury Film Festival (2015).
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
William Shakespeare would be proud. The influence he's had over storytelling never wanes, particularly when it comes to mythic personal tragedy such as dished up in Bullhead.
If you like your character dramas soaked in a grim inevitability, then this will more than meet your needs. Alternately, if you enjoy the tease of redemption or escape from misery, crumbs that hint at a positive evolution, it might be a struggle. I probably needed more crumbs, to see some scope, or at least feel that Jacky has broader insights on normality. We get one scene to this end, accompanied by Diederick and a herd of mightily muscled cattle, where Jacky laments his impotence to care and protect. It's a fantasy to…
Ik heb deze vier dagen geleden gezien denk ik en heb er geen review over durven schrijven want ik was een beetje bang voor negatieve reacties en... nou, mijn leven. Ik vond het namelijk niet zo geweldig.
"The muscles of Jacky Vanmarsenille (Matthias Schoenaerts), pumped up with bovine growth hormone, ripple and swell in an unnatural way. His body language betrays his size, though, and he has a hard time looking others in the eye. He lacks words and confidence, but he is good at being a brute. Through a series of obscured flashbacks, we come to better understand Jacky’s temperament. These chapters are both visceral and dark while their conclusion is unnaturally cruel. Shaped physically, physiologically and mentally by this moment that altered his fate, Jacky overcompensates what he lost by falling as deep into the role of a bull as possible. His body is the battleground of his mental and emotional state. Consciously or not, he sees himself trapped by both his body and the expectations upon it."
Read the full review at Vague Visages: vaguevisages.com/2015/09/17/of-love-and-other-demons-bullhead-michael-r-roskam-2011/
Bullhead plays like a Belgian version of Mystic River (Cliny Eastwood; 2003). It has the same dark, brooding, athmospherical tension, characters working through their own sole motivations and interplay between childhood trauma and adult consequences. It plays a little heavier on the crime element and a little less heavy on the childhood friendships, but there is a definite similarity in audience experience between the two films (I leave it up to your personal judgement which you eventually prefer).
The main weakness of Rundskop is that it suffers from unclarity. Exposition and character setups follow each other too quickly and are too hastily executed to start the audience off with a clear impression of who is who, what is what and…
Bullhead features a tremendous performance from Matthias Schoenhaerts as Belgium's angriest dairy farmer. It drives the complex plot forward, focusing on the character study rather than the mysterious events going on around him. There's a murder, police informants, plotting and flashbacks to a series of incidents from the lead character's youth. Some of which push the boundaries of decency. At least one scene, and if you've seen it you know the one I mean, was hard to watch. I could have lived without it but, unfortunately, I'll never forget it. Is it better to be memorable and disgusting or forgettable and not?
As a Welsh speaker, I really enjoyed the Flemish/Walloon tensions in this film. Good to see minority languages being treated as equals in an international film.
The first twenty minutes of Bullhead are as meaty as they come with characters, locations and plots being thrown at you left, right and center, and though the density of it all loses up a whole lot as the film moves on, the who-does-what's of it never became entirely clear. At least not to me. That's not to important, however, when the film's lead is as interestingly written as this.
It all revolves around causality, and though our protagonist - Jacky - is your top-of-the-line masculine macho dude, the reasons for his actions and the transformation into this "animal" all turn clearer as the film progresses. This requires a whole lot of backstory, and the frequent use of flashbacks never…
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