Cattle farmer Jacky constantly pumped on steroids and hormones, initiates a deal with a mafioso meat trader. When an investigating federal agent is assassinated and a woman from his traumatic past resurfaces, Jacky must confront his demons and face the far-reaching consequences of his decisions.
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A powerful, powerful film. Using a typical crime movie setup it tells an untypical, dark-and-tragic character study of a man that can't escape his past. Schoenaerts gives an explosive and emotional, physical performance, making his cruel and brutal character a sympathetic human. The story slowly peels its layers away-- with well-placed flashbacks-- until the ending, that's inevitable, but that makes it even sadder.
A rare and wonderful thing; a film ostensibly about crime that makes no apologies for leading its viewer away from the crime movie cliches and into the world of someone who is only by chance connected to criminality. The crime film tag is itself the MacGuffin in "Rundskop".
An intriguing film about masculinity, animality and violence. It is a rare thing for a film to propose ideas and backgrounds that are original and unexpected, but "Bullhead" features it all. The script is a little bit messy sometimes, but overall it's very powerful. And what a main character! He has the violence of a beast and the naiveté of a child. Wonderful and haunting.
This film contains a rather unusual story that tracks oppressively bleak circumstances across Belgium. Underground hormone trafficking to meat farmers, murder, addiction, and long-forgotten secrets float from Flanders to Wallonia and back again. Aesthetically speaking this film fares very well, too. A gorgeous style laden with shadows and compelling performances by all.
A dark, brooding and disturbing piece that delves into hormones and the consequences of messing with nature. This film really pulled me in. The scenes with the kids are rendered in heart-breaking detail. There were maybe only a couple of clunky moments, such as relying on conveniently place picture frames to fill out plot. 4 stars