What makes a man a man? That simple but weighty question provides a great deal of the subtext in Michael R. Roskam’s film Bullhead
). On the surface, it’s a crime thriller set against the cattle-farming industry in Belgium (not exactly a theme that’s been done to death), but at its core, Bullhead
is a character study of a man wrestling with who he is and who he is not, and how the strain is tearing at his body and mind.
In Bullhead, Matthias Schoenaerts plays Jacky Vanmarsenille, who works at his family’s farm raising cattle for beef wholesalers. Jacky also has another job, which is more lucrative but quite dangerous ...