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…
I like this film so much I bought it...
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…
Matthias Schoenaerts gives a phenomenally physical turn in this excellent debut Michael R. Roskam. Set in the hardly of-filmed world of illegal animal steroids, this is a complex and intriguing Euro thriller
Mano y mano... Seven evil... Blah, blah. This is... This is... This is...
This is boring. Dele-ete.
Dreary, rural Belgium where animals aren't the only animals. Calm photography with bleak, beaten down colors in what initially presents itself as a story that focuses on the local hormone mafia, that has been doing their shady business for decades. I'm not a big fan of flashbacks. Often a simple plot tool, merely used to spoon-feed information or even making it sentimental and so on. When Roskam dives into the past, it not only makes your stomach turn, it also puts his whole movie into a different perspective.
The meat and hormone trade becomes little more than a backstory that fuels a tragedy surrounding a traumatized and mutilated man, emotionally charged and always at the brink of snapping, even exploding…
A movie that does a study on a man who got hellish destiny. The story is very nicely elaborated and it tells us about the mob who works with trade of artificial hormones for hormone growth on animals in Belgium and the protagonist of this movie in their schemes. Film with a very melancholic atmosphere.
I ll set it straight from the start : Roskam's "Bullhead" is not the masterpiece I was reading about. Still, it is worth your time if only for Schoenaert's brilliant performance as the steroid driven farmer and its original topic (you will probably not look at your beef steak with the same trust and confidence after watching this film).
This could have been a really good film but the subplots don't work (especially the Lucia one) and make the film unnecessarily complicated and even overly dramatic.
Very well-written. Ultimate study of masculinity.
The Academy Award nominated Bullhead (2012 Best Foreign Language Film - Belgium) is a dramatic thriller masquerading as a crime family/mafia pic that tells the single story of the troubled, bullish character named Jacky Vanmarsenille (Matthias Schoenaerts - Rust and Bone), a brutish pumped-up/juiced-up walking steroid cattle farmer who kindly shares his steroidal growth hormones with his livestock.
Jacky walks a fine line between mere cattleman and shady businessman as he brokers deals with unsavory "family" members who trade in meat. When a federal agent is found murdered in the vicinity (while he was investigating illegal growth hormone use in cattle), Jacky's life and that of his immediate family are put at risk from the mafia -- fearing he'll rat…
An underwhelming yet likeable film with a convoluted story that doesn't quite grip your attention.
I now know much more about the growth hormone/steroids mafia in Belgium. Thank you for making this film. In all seriousness, it was a solid film and one that had a pretty nasty scene in it that was truly disturbing.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- Miller's Crossing
- Army of Shadows
- Boudu Saved from Drowning
Sometimes I get stuck in a rut when it comes to watching films. I either just watch anything that comes…
- The Tree of Life
- It's Such a Beautiful Day
- Under the Skin
- Blue Is the Warmest Color
In my opinion, of course!
And only including films that I've seen.
Hardly in order after the top fifty.