A story about a troubled boy growing up in England, set in 1983. He comes across a few skinheads on his way home from school, after a fight. They become his new best friends even like family. Based on experiences of director Shane Meadows.
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
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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