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Rundskop

Bullhead
(DVD - 2012 - Dutch; Flemish)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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A young cattle farmer is approached by a veterinarian to make a deal with a notorious beef trader.
Title: Rundskop
Bullhead
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: [United States] : Drafthouse Films ; [Chatsworth, Calif.] : Distributed by Image Entertainment, c2012.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (129 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Originally released as a motion picture in 2011.
Special features: commentary with director Michaël R. Roskam; the making of Bullhead featurette; interview with Michaël R. Roskam; interview with actor Matthias Schoenaerts; Roskam's short film The one thing to do.
Spine & disc surface: "No. 3".
Summary: A young cattle farmer is approached by a veterinarian to make a deal with a notorious beef trader.
Audience: MPAA rating R for some strong violence, language and sexual content.
Alternate Title: Bullhead
One thing to do.
Statement of Responsibility: Savage Film & Eyeworks praeenteen ; in coproductie mit Artémis Productions & Waterland Film ; een film van Michaël R. Roskam ; scenario & regie, Michaël R. Roskam ; producent, Bart Van Langedonck
Credits: Photography, Nicolas Karakatsanis ; editor, Alain Dessauvage ; music, Raf Keunen.
Performers: Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeroen Perceval, Jeanne Dandoy, Barbara Sarafian, Sam Louwyck, Frank Lammers, Tibo Vandenborre.
System Details: DVD, NTSC, widescreen (2.35:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 or 2.0 stereo.
Other Language: In Dutch and French with optional English subtitles.
Subject Headings: Beef industry Corrupt practices Drama. Cattle breeders Belgium Drama. Veterinarians Belgium Drama.
Genre/Form: Crime films.
Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Fiction films.
Foreign films.
Feature films.
Dutch language materials.
French language materials.
Topical Term: Beef industry
Cattle breeders
Veterinarians
Publisher No: DRF8061DVD
DRF8061DVDLIT
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Aug 09, 2014
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Jacky and Diederic, the main protagonists, haven’t seen each other for decades when they find themselves joined in a criminal enterprise relating to adding growth hormones to cows, etc. to increase their value. In their childhood, they became estranged when Jacky was brutally beaten and injured for life by the town bully. This film was a great mix of crime thriller and personal tragedy of an innocent person damaged for life. Jacky is played by Matthias Schoenaerts, who also starred in Rust and Bone, but I did not recognize him because in Bullhead he plays a man shooting himself with steroids (puffed out body and face). I suspect that director Roskam and Schoenaerts are destined for fame, as they have made another film together, which will getter broader viewing as it is in English. I subtracted a half star, as there was a late five or ten minute comedic feel reminiscent of Laurel and Hardy which I feel inappropriately broke up the unbelievable intensity of the film.

Mar 08, 2014
  • KPeddleLibraryID rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great movie. like someone else, I stumbled on this...was interested in seeing the French/Flemish background just out out of curiosity about Belgium and found a film with an intricate suspense and real depth of character development that you just don't see very often. as I believe one of the promos points out..chances are you will like Jackie but not who he is or why.

Feb 03, 2014
  • 0cho rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This movie is as brilliant as it is stupid. The story for the most part is very well written and you get the feeling of a very good Quentin Tarantino movie in the making with many interesting characters and sub stories but for the final climax you are left with nothing. One of the worst endings ever. Given all this hype this movie got, it was a real let down.

Feb 17, 2013
  • BertBailey rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

One particularly violent and cruel scene calls for warning about extreme violence in this flick. And it makes one wonder if it's justified. The gritty plot is very intense and certainly gripping. The director shies from overtly calling for sympathy, but has he gone too far in that direction? Only one speech by the protagonist, very near the end, tells us clearly about his tortured mental state ....and, then, it may just be too explicit! Previous moments - the way he glances at kids, how he pursues one woman - did enough hinting, although the silhouetted boxing was a bit elusive. In sum: artists do have to juggle very fine balances between overtness and concealment (or having the story do all the telling), and this flick intrigues in that it teeters on that edge. Left me wondering.

Feb 14, 2013
  • geebski rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Stunning and powerful. Left me speechless.

Jan 07, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

It was O.K for a home TV movie. I was entertained and interesting. But it was NOT worth the long library wait or the price to rent from a Red Box. "I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.”

Dec 07, 2012
  • gemini07 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Unusual and very well done movie. The story idea originated as a statement on steroid use in cattle on Belgium farms. It was interesting to watch the parallels between the main character and the cattle unfold. I thought it was superbly acted. Unfortunately the description provided by the library does not come anywhere near to touching on the essence of the movie. As a warning, there are some quite violent scenes.

Oct 09, 2012
  • Froster rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Hmm. Evidently the Dardennes brothers’ film-making techniques are contagious, and this director has come down with a nearly terminal case. The point of this exercise is somewhat obscure. It is certainly not a thriller, or a crime picture, though it does play with some of the conventions of the neo-noirs. It purports to be a character portrait of a hyper-steroidal, victimized young man who literally lacks balls—but why the hell we should care has been left out of the equation. Skip it.

Jul 17, 2012
  • zal1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Definitely worthy of its Oscar nomination in 2012 in the Foreign Film Category. The lead actor is reminiscent of a young Jean Reno. Great story and superb cinematography!

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Nov 28, 2012
  • gemini07 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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