A crime tragedy, not a crime drama

From the New York Times

Not only is Michael Roskam a first-time Academy Award nominee, but “Bullhead,” which he wrote and directed, is his first feature-length film, too. So if Mr. Roskam, a 39-year-old Belgian, is feeling a bit giddy about being in the running for the Oscar for best foreign-language film, it’s easy to understand why.

Bullhead,” which opens commercially  on Friday and was something of a surprise nominee, is a gangster movie about a very modern but odd crime: illegal trafficking in hormones that make cattle and other animals grow faster and stronger. But it’s also the sad story of a farmer named Jacky Vanmarsenille, played by Matthias Schoenaerts in a performance that has won awards at several festivals, and a life haunted by betrayals and violence dating to his childhood.



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