Rated R 128 minutes 2011

Bullhead stars Matthias Schoenaerts as Jacky, a 30-something cattle farmer in Belgium. After an incident when Jacky was young, he became emotionally unstable. He drinks, relies on steroids to get by, and makes shady deals with gangsters for growth hormones in order to keep his cattle business afloat. When an old friend, Diederik (Jeroen Perceval), suddenly comes back into his life, Jacky’s existence is cast asunder—and he becomes a suspect in the murder of a police officer. The movie is visually stunning, and the acting is stellar, but it’s hard to feel sorry for someone as ugly and messed up as Jacky. He’s a bully, and his “relationship” with a girl from his past (Jeanne Dandoy) is the most horrifying aspect of his personality. He stalks her and is completely oblivious as to why she rejects him. The film is an emotionally riveting, if ultimately unsatisfying, work of art.

Film Credits

Director: Michael Roskam

Producer: Bart Langendonck

Cast: Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeroen Perceval, Jeanne Dandoy, Barbara Sarafian, Tibo Vandenborre, Frank Lammers, Sam Louwyck, Robin Valvekens, Baudoin Wolwertz, Erico Salamone and Philippe Grand'Henry


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