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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 (as Frank Lamers)
Sam Louwyck Sam Louwyck ... Marc DeKuyper
Robin Valvekens Robin Valvekens ... Jonge Jacky Vanmarsenille
Baudoin Wolwertz Baudoin 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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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:

€2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,267, 19 February 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$151,840

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$362,607
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (35 mm version)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was shot in 35 days. See more »

Goofs

(around 19:48) Jacky is seen wearing a regular winter jacket when he meets the men. However when they go to lunch, he is then seen wearing a dress sports jacket. See more »

Quotes

Sam Raymond: OK. OK. Piss off, partner. I'll screw yours too then, but you're paying.
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Featured in The 84th Annual Academy Awards (2012) See more »

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Matthias Schoenaerts, remarkable performance & Jacky's Haunting past will leave you speechless
10 July 2012 | by saadgkhanSee all my reviews

Rundskop – BullHead – CATCH IT (A) Belgian "Rundskop" is nothing what I had expected to be a movie about a cattle farmer. It turns out to be something beyond I had ever imagined. Rundskop is about a young cattle farmer Jacky Vanmarsenille (Matthias Schoenaerts), who is constantly pumped on steroids and hormones and initiates a shady deal with a notorious mafia in meat trader. The new set of events takes Jacky to his mysterious shocking past. To be honest even writing this gives me chills, I cannot believe what happened with him is anyway mentionable or thinkable. Rundskop features one of the most disturbing and beyond shocking scenes of the celluloid's history. After watching that it made me sick to my stomach and even now it's almost a week since I saw that but I cannot forget it. The brutality of that moment and its after effects on Jacky's life is remarkably portrayed in Rundskop. Matthias Schoenaerts as Jacky Vanmarsenille is remarkable, talk about Oscar worthy performance here. His pain, anger, loneliness and wanting to be loved can be seen through Matthias Schoenaerts's eyes and physicality. I don't have words for his performance so here is what famous critic Rodger Ebert says ""The one excellent aspect of the film is Matthias Schoenaerts' performance. We often follow him walking in a controlled lurch from side to side, as if merely walking is not enough of a challenge for him. We see his eyes, burning with pain. The film impresses because of the pain, sadness and rage contained in the title performance by Flemish actor Matthias Schoenaerts, who bulked up for the role (without steroids), and seems ready to burst from his clothes and even his skin." Te performance by all the supporting cast including young Jacky "Robin Valvekens" is admirable. In the end, Rundskop is an intense thriller/drama filled with a remarkable performance by Matthias Schoenaerts which makes me want to see all his previous and upcoming movies.


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