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Bullhead (2011)

Rundskop (original title)
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Sint-Truiden, Belgium. Jacky, a young cattle farmer who is constantly pumped on steroids and hormones, is approached by a veterinarian to make a deal with a notorious beef trader.

Director:

Michaël R. Roskam

Writer:

Michaël R. Roskam (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthias Schoenaerts ... Jacky Vanmarsenille
Jeroen Perceval ... Diederik Maes
Jeanne Dandoy ... Lucia Schepers
Barbara Sarafian ... Eva Forrestier
Tibo Vandenborre ... Antony De Greef
Frank Lammers ... Sam Raymond
Sam Louwyck ... Marc DeKuyper
Robin Valvekens Robin Valvekens ... Jonge Jacky Vanmarsenille
Baudouin Wolwertz Baudouin Wolwertz ... Jonge Diederik Maes
David Murgia ... Jonge Bruno Schepers
Erico Salamone Erico Salamone ... Christian Filippini
Philippe Grand'Henry Philippe Grand'Henry ... David Filippini
Kris Cuppens Kris Cuppens ... Jean Vanmarsenille
Sofie Sente Sofie Sente ... Irene Vanmarsenille
Kristof Renson Kristof Renson ... Stieve Vanmarsenille
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Storyline

Sint-Truiden, Belgium. The young Limburg cattle farmer Jacky Vanmarsenille (Matthias Schoenaerts), 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. Written by Polly_Kat

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong violence, language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Belgium | Netherlands

Language:

Flemish | French | Dutch

Release Date:

2 February 2011 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Bullhead See more »

Filming Locations:

Liège, Wallonia, Belgium See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,267, 19 February 2012

Gross USA:

$151,840

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,756,351
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (35 mm version)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Michaël R. Roskam spent six years working on the project, back then, Matthias Schoenaerts started working out to have a little basis to work from once he knew when they would shoot the film. Before "Bullhead", Roskam and Schoenaerts had worked together on the short film The One Thing to Do (2005). See more »

Goofs

When Diederik Maes (Jeroen Perceval) is sitting on the toilet, he calls detective Eva Forrestier (Barbara Sarafian). While leaving a message on her voicemail, he farts in the middle of the message. However, when Eva is listening to the voicemail message, the fart is already heard in the beginning of the message. See more »

Quotes

Sam Raymond: OK. OK. Piss off, partner. I'll screw yours too then, but you're paying.
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Connections

Referenced in Bro's Before Ho's (2013) See more »

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A Brilliant, Brutal, Sad, Fantastic, and Hard-To-Watch, Incredible Display of Acting and Directing
21 July 2012 | by iwanna_knowSee all my reviews

I stumbled across this movie last night, and, although I'd no idea who the director or any of the actors are, based on the reviews, and especially the trailer, I decided to take a look.

I'm both sorry and glad I did.

I think the lead actor in this movie, Matthias Schoenaerts (who, incidentally, should have been cast as Bane in Batman Rises. He IS Bane) has a bright future in Hollywood. Certainly I know I'll be checking out his other movies, now that I'm aware of him.

Bullhead constantly threw me for a loop and kept me on my toes all at the same time.

The obvious simpatico between director Michael R. Roskam and Mr. Schoenaerts is evident in the constant tension and slight unease that's able to be maintained throughout the entire movie, even during the "softer" (if you can call them that) moments of the film. The scenes of Jacky, alone in his room/apartment are very powerful.

Jacky's alienation and rage make us, the viewer both nervous, as though he'll somehow be able to reach through the screen and bring us, kicking and screaming into his brutal world, and sympathetic as we're able to see the reason for this young man's pain.

The Oscar nomination (I've forgotten if it won or not, but if it didn't it should have) was well deserved, and I look forward to great things from this wonderful young actor.

Hoss.


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