Director : Michael R. Roskam
Cast : Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeroen Perceval, Jeanne Dandoy
Academy Award Nominee Best Foreign Language Film 2012
Genre : Crime Drama
Country of Origin : Belgium/ the Netherlands
Language : Flemish & French with English subtitles 129 mins.
'Bullhead has a lasting impact - utterly compelling, disturbing and uncomfortable at times and the tension reverberates throughout. It's a great debut direction'.
Bullhead, Michael Roskam's very impressive debut film nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2012 Academy Awards, is a compelling and harrowing tale of greed, power, temptation, regret and revenge set against the mafia underworld of Flemish Belgium illegal hormone and steroid use in livestock.
Matthias Schoenaerts seen in Rust and Bone gives an utterly compelling performance as Jackie Vanmarsenille, a damaged soul permanently pumped up on steroids and hormones who's haunted by a gruesome past. Working as a cattle farmer on his uncle's cattle farm he initiates a deal with a notorious mafioso meat trader but the murder of an undercover federal agent, his traumatic past and the appearance of a face from the past has far-reaching consequences.
The movie's full of tension with wonderful central performances. Matthias Schoenaerts fills the screen and his performance is brilliantly complimented by Jeroen Perceval as Diederik Maes, the childhood friend who witnessed the horrific assault Jackie suffered as a boy and and who reappears after twenty years and is pivotal to the dramatic outcome.