Childhood Tragedy Overshadowed by Animalistic Adulthood
Release Date: February 17, 2012
Starring: Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeroen
Perceval, Jeanne Dandoy,
Barbara Sarafian, Tibo
Vandenborre, Frank Lamers, Sam
Louwyck, Robin Valvekens
Runtime: 124 minutes
Distributor: Drafthouse Films
Director: Michael R. Roskam
Executive Producer: None Listed
Producer: Bart Van Langendonck
Writer: Michael Roskam
Address Comments To:Tim League, CEO, Drafthouse Films
320 East 6th Street
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 476-1320
As a young boy, Jacky grew up helping his father raise cattle. Jacky and his brother watched as their father, driven by competition from other cattle farmers, began using steroids and growth hormones to bulk up the cows to sell their meat at higher prices. Little did Jacky know, however, he would soon be using similar growth hormones, especially testosterone injections, himself after he was maimed by a bully and castrated as a little boy.
Now, 20 years later, Jacky deals with the pain of having to give himself testosterone injections on a daily basis, but he doesn’t stop there. He also gives himself dangerous steroid pills and human growth injections, which leaves him dealing with an inner rage that’s barely controlled. When an old friend – his estranged friend Diederik who left him for dead after he was maimed as a child – comes back into his life, Jacky’s rage comes to the surface. At the same time, Jacky’s father and brother begin dealing with a meat trader considered part of the “underground hormone mafia,” but Jacky wants nothing to do with this man. Little does the family know that Diederik is actually a police informant and that they are now the subjects of an investigation because the meat trader with whom they are dealing is suspected of assassinating a local policeman.
As Jacky’s world spins out of control, so do his emotions and hormones. He finds himself feeling like a piece of cattle, being herded toward the slaughter. However, filled with ‘roid rage, Jacky decides to fight back and take vengeance for his childhood tragedy on anyone who gets in his way.
BULLHEAD is a dark and disturbing movie filled with many obscenities, graphic violence, and haunting imagery. The movie has a slow, methodical pace that adds to the story’s unsettling nature. Matthias Schoenaerts, who portrays Jacky, is perfectly cast in a dangerous, violent role. His portrayal, however, pales in comparison to the disheartening movie that leaves viewers feeling unnerved.
The movie has a very strong slightly mixed pagan worldview, a homosexual character, and only a brief redemptive moment of two friends finding a mild level of forgiveness after being estranged for 20 years. It also contains strong foul language and graphic and even obscene violence as well as disturbing sexual content, including sexual content with young children. The movie is depressing, unsettling and not morally uplifting at all. Despite BULLHEAD being an Oscar contender for Best Foreign Language Film, most moviegoers, especially media-wise ones, will want to seek out more worthwhile entertainment.
BULLHEAD is a dark, disturbing movie filled with many obscenities, graphic violence, and haunting imagery. The movie has a slow, methodical pace that adds to the story’s unsettling nature. There is a redemptive moment of forgiveness near the end, but, otherwise, the movie has a very strong pagan worldview overall. In addition to the graphic, disturbing violence, BULLHEAD contains disturbing lewd content, including lewd content with young children. The movie is depressing, unsettling and not at all morally uplifting. Despite BULLHEAD being an Oscar contender for Best Foreign Language Film, most moviegoers, especially media-wise ones, will want to seek out more worthwhile entertainment.