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Bullhead (2011)
"Rundskop" (original title)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  2 February 2011 (Belgium)
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A young cattle farmer is approached by a veterinarian to make a deal with a notorious beef trader.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeanne Dandoy ...
Lucia Schepers
Eva Forrestier
Tibo Vandenborre ...
Antony De Greef
Frank Lammers ...
Sam Raymond (as Frank Lamers)
Sam Louwyck ...
Marc DeKuyper
Robin Valvekens ...
Baudoin Wolwertz ...
Erico Salamone ...
Christian Filippini
Philippe Grand'Henry ...
David Filippini
Jean Vanmarsenille
Sofie Sente ...
Irene Vanmarsenille
Kristof Renson ...


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. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama

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

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Release Date:

2 February 2011 (Belgium)  »

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€2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$32,267 (USA) (17 February 2012)


$42,070 (USA) (17 February 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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Noomi Rapace listed the film as one of her all-time favorite movies. Rapace worked with Michaël R. Roskam and Matthias Schoenaerts in The Drop (2014). See more »


Jacky Vanmarsenille: My whole life I've known nothing but animals... I've always felt just like these bulls here, never knowing what it's like to protect someone. Calves, a herd, like a wife, children... Really having to protect them, cos you have to... cos it's in your nature.
Jacky Vanmarsenille: I haven't got what I'm supposed to have.
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"Unsettling and engagingly narrated..."
24 March 2012 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Belgian screenwriter and director Michaël R. Roskam's feature film debut which he also wrote, is a Belgian production which was produced by Bart Van Langendock. It tells the story about Jacky Vanmarsenille, a cattle farmer from the Sint-Truiden area of Flanders who is part of a mafia that deals with meat and hormones. One day Jacky is contacted by a veterinarian who wants him to make a deal with a notorious West-Flemish beef trader. Jacky agrees, but when he unexpectedly is reunited with his childhood friend Diederik, he is reminded of an incident that has been tormenting him ever since it happened.

Michaël R. Roskam's finely directed first feature is a character-driven and plot-driven drama that draws an incisive portrayal of a huge Limburgian man who has been marked for life by a terrible occurrence from the past that now confronts him and becomes even more upsetting. This unconventional tale of a Belgian underground crime syndicate that is shaken when a local policeman is killed, contains a wide range of rare characters and is both an atmospheric mystery and an internal study of character about friendship and the afflicting consequences of lost innocence.

Finely photographed by cinematographer Nicolas Karakatsanis, this at times humorous, violent and well-paced thriller is reinforced by Matthias Schoenaerts' riveting acting performance in the leading role and the good supporting acting performances. An unsettling and engagingly narrated independent film which gained a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards in 2012.

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