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A young cattle farmer is approached by a veterinarian to make a deal with a notorious beef trader.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 7.5/10 (4,105 voted)

Critic's Score: 68/100

Director: Michael R. Roskam

Stars: Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeroen Perceval, Jeanne Dandoy

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 farreaching 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.

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 (as Frank Lamers)
Robin Valvekens - Jonge Jacky Vanmarsenille
Baudoin Wolwertz - Jonge Diederik Maes
David Murgia - Jonge Bruno Schepers
Erico Salamone - Christian Filippini
Philippe Grand'Henry - David Filippini
Kris Cuppens - Jean Vanmarsenille
Sofie Sente - Irene Vanmarsenille
Kristof Renson - Stieve Vanmarsenille
Hein van der Heijden - Renaat Maes


Official Website: Official site [Belgium] |

Release Date: 17 February 2012

Opening Weekend: $32,267 (USA) (19 February 2012) (5 Screens)

Gross: $42,070 (USA) (19 February 2012)

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Did You Know?

Matthias Schoenaerts had to cultivate 27 kilograms of muscle mass to apply himself to the role of Jacky Vanmarsenille.

User Review

dark and unsettling crime-drama

Rating: 8/10

Matthias Schoenaerts - the actor who plays the lead character Jacky went through a major physical transformation for his role. He gained 27 kilos in pure muscle weight to portray the troubled, testosterone driven cattle farmer who gets dragged into hell when he lets himself in with the wrong people.

This very dark story (spoken in various regional dialects) about the Belgian hormone mafia takes its time to set the scene - but once you understand the reason why Jacky is who he is (expect to get queasy!) the film grips you and doesn't let go until the credits. The cinematography is clean cut and simple but brilliant at the same time. The country side has never looked so menacing. Even the grass blowing in the wind makes you feel uneasy.

It may not be perfect in keeping up its dark tone (some comic relief scenes seem a bit out of place), but it's damn near close to perfection. A tense psychological drama with strong crime/thriller notes - I recommend it!

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