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Bullhead, Michael R. Roskam, 2011

Bullhead

1 Feb 20137 Feb 2013

★★★★★ 'A film of insight and boundless sympathy, and one of the most impressive feature debuts in recent memory.' Time Out

★★★★ 'This thriller about a steroid-boosting farmer lost in the moral maze of Belgium's mafia underworld is a stylish, meaty treat' The Guardian

Completed before his breakout success as the morally ambiguous drifter in Rust and Bone, Schoenaerts’ performance in this movie emphatically proves it was no one-off, with his portrayal of a young cattle farmer who makes a Faustian pact with the underground meat trade. Writer-director Roskam’s debut feature is an assured, deftly paced piece which begins as a murky if relatively straightforward thriller, then shifts up a gear to become an essay in angst-ridden self-recrimination, and finally climaxes with a meditation on the grip of past behaviour on present fate. Schoenaerts, who had to build 27kg of muscle for the aptly named title role, is entrancing, and the supporting cast – especially Perceval, as his childhood friend who now deals in illicit hormones – are uniformly impressive. 

Dir. Michael R. Roskam, Belgium 2011. French and Dutch with English subtitles, cert TBC

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