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Bullhead

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BULLHEAD Matthias Schoenaerts as "Jacky Vanmarsenille"

Bullhead

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
126 minutes
Limited Release Date:
02/17/12
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C-

This overheated yet bizarrely opaque criminal character study from Belgium is set among the “hormone mafia” — i.e., Flemish cattle farmers who fatten their cows with illegal drugs. Jacky (Matthias Schoenaerts), the tormented central goon, is a steroid addict himself, but even when we learn why (in a flashback so grisly it’s nearly impossible to watch), we don’t feel any more connected to him or to the turgidly convoluted plot. A nominee for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, Bullhead proves that you can make an underworld movie pumped up with pretension. C-

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