There's perhaps too much going on in Bullhead but more worrying I found none of the different story strands engaging in any way. It's possible that I was in a restless mood because the film looked like it should be better than my experience (it was nominated for Best Foreign Language Oscar in 2012).
For a debut film it's trying to be too ambitious, scaling things back and providing more focus could've produced a better film. There are some great moments (the boys running away and the brutal consequences, the staircase towards the end) which means it's worth seeing what Roskam does next.
May 18, 2014 at 05:42PM