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 Jacky’s past, set in motion a chain of events with far-reaching consequences.
Bullhead is an exciting tragedy about fate, lost innocence and friendship, about crime and punishment, but also about conflicting desires and the irreversibility of a man’s destiny. –Celluloid Dreams
A film about the excesses of a life defined by, and born of tragedy; one robbed of a childhood and unfairly condemned to early ruin. The harmonic convergence of actor and director here is astonishing. "Bullhead" is unyielding in the exploration of its protagonist, a figure presented with an empathy that has long been lost on the genre, and surrounded with a deeply palpable coiled rage. Deeply melancholic, disturbing and unforgettable.
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An entry collecting previews, interviews and reviews from the event known far and wide as the “film festival with the boring parts cut out.”
English Title: Bullhead
Original Title: Rundskop
Country: Dutch, French
Genre: Crime, Drama
Michael R. Roskam
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The central performance by Matthias Schoenaerts is reminiscent of Tom Hardy in “Bronson”. Not a copy, by any means; the motivation and development of the characters are vastly different, though there… read review