Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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 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…
Michael Roskam's Bullhead is a film of rare power and one of the most impressive debuts in recent years. Following Jacky Vanmarsenille, a cattle farmer with a rough past, who unwillingly becomes part of a sinister plot involving the illegal trading of hormones and murder, it is dialogue-heavy and contains scenes of knuckle-biting tension. It's a careful character study and lays bare the effects of childhood trauma, a scene that is unbearably difficult to watch and so strong it can be felt within every frame following it, captured fantastically by up and coming Matthias Schoenaerts. Much like Michael Shannon did in Take Shelter the same year, the central performance of this film is riveting on a subconscious level. Jacky's anger,…
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 like this film so much I bought it...
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…
The first half was good but the ending was very weak.. A great performance by the main actor though
Bullhead is a downbeat film and considering the subject matter I'm not surprised. I found it to be an gripping story of masculinity and male identity. The lead character Jacky is built like a brick shit house, constantly on illegal growth hormones (in which he is involved in the illegal trade of) and is very aggressive and more than a little tortured.
Through out the film we learn why Jacky is strongly addicted to these 'vitamins' and the traumatic childhood event that costs him the two things that define in some ways what is is to be a man. No matter how much drugs Jacky takes, no matter how aggressive, confrontational or violent he is, he is unable to get…
Strange subject matter for a movie.But it does make you want to watch.
Matthias Schoenaerts gives a powerfully focused performance as a muscleman for the Flemish mob who is tortured by a tragedy from his childhood. This fascinating and original character study alone is enough but the film's sometimes confusing plot about a murdered cop investigating the mob's dealings in animal growth hormones takes the focus away from the lead character's story, which include some heartbreaking flashbacks.
This is a strong film nonetheless and worth watching for Schoenaerts' amazing performance.
A thoughtful and beautifully shot tragedy.
Four pairs of testicles bigger then mine and a dude on the crapper out of five.
Quite original. Noirish.
Aunque la película no aterriza del todo bien, Matthias Schoenaerts es impresionante.
Saw it at Fantastic Fest 2011
A great movie, your hoping the ticking time bomb that is the lead character does not explode.
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