Director: Michaël R. Roskam
Stars: Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeroen Perceval, Jeanne Dandoy
Matthias Schoenaerts is the driving force in Bullhead, a Belgian drama about a young cattle farmer who becomes embroiled in some nasty shit with a shady vet. Murder, a mysterious women, and dark secrets—the stuff of the plot—sound like the stuff of tired cliche, but Schoenaerts is so captivating, and the material is handled with such sincerity and grace, it never feels anything less than fresh.
Like De Niro in Raging Bull, Schoenaerts bulked up to play the stubborn steroid-using farmer. The camera treats his body like a map to the character's troubled center.