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 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…
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.
Gran drama/thriller rural, oscuro y maloliente como la mierda de vaca, cargado de una tensión a veces insoportable y de contenida violencia extrema (parece un antagonismo pero la peli demuestra cómo se hace). No se ven películas así, ni argumentos así, ni personajes así, lo cual es decir MUCHO en estos tiempos. Es difícil hasta buscar comparaciones porque la peli va por libre, tiene su propia manera de narrar y de construir escenas, casi siempre desconcertando y llevándote por donde menos lo esperas, del humor al horror, de la maldad a la inocencia. Hay que verla y punto.
A very cool film about the illegal sale of testosterone from Bulls nuts on the black market. I dug it. Had some nasty violence in it.
Absolute top van Vlaamse films
A well made crime drama.
A young cattle farmer is approached by a veterinarian to make a deal with a notorious beef trader.
I'm a fan of Bullhead, while it's a crime film it's very much on a small local scale rather than the big gangster epics that are the famous films in this genre. Matthias Schoenaerts is very intimadating in the lead and the film does convey that he can snap at any second, his backstory is interesting and does give the viewer reason to sympathize with him.
It's not perfect by any means, some of the supporting cast are pretty ropey, but for a first feature and with a small budget, Michael R.Roskem puts together a solid film with a story that is different to what you normally tend to get.
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…
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- The Tree of Life
- It's Such a Beautiful Day
- Under the Skin
- The Interrupters
In my opinion, of course!
And only including films that I've seen.
Hardly in order after the top fifty.
- 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…