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Best Foreign Film Academy Awards
"An intense, shattering film, a confident and accomplished, punch-in-the-gut debut" -Los Angeles Times
"Bullhead sustains a menacing noirish ambience" -New York Times
"Bullhead quietly subverts expectation...[director Michaël] Roskam subtly steers it toward intense and agonizing character study" -NPR
"Well-plotted, with a powerful ending" -Onion AV Club
"Lord only knows how it was able to crack the Oscar Foreign Language five.
AMPAS rarely has the stomachor the cojonesfor such descents into
darkness" -TimeOut Chicago
Bullhead, director Michaël R. Roskam's stunning international debut and Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, is a harrowing tale of revenge, redemption and fate. Domineering cattle farmer Jacky Vanmarsenille (Matthias Schoenaerts in a ferocious breakout performance), constantly pumped on steroids and hormones, initiates a shady deal with a notorious mafioso meat trader. A police murder and the following investigation create a panic in the so-called Belgian cattle hormone mafia. When a 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.
Bullhead visualizes the greedy forces that control modern day food industries are corrupting our hearts and minds as much as they do our bodies. It is also a dark and unsettling story about loyalty and friendship as well as a visceral saga bursting with primal rage. As filmmaker Roskam has stated, "It is a film about people being driven to extremes. It is not about good or evil, but about how seemingly small events can sometimes have huge consequences for the people involved. Their fate is also their destiny."
Directed by Michaël R. Roskam, 2011, Belgium, 124 mins. In Dutch and French with English subtitles.