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Michael R Roskam (2011)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Belgian film-maker Michael R Roskam landed an Oscar nomination for best foreign film with this intense if convoluted rural thriller, which was inspired by the murder of a government vet investigating the use of illegal growth hormones in cattle. Aware that the heat is on following the slaying of a local cop, hulking farmer Jacky (Matthias Schoenaerts) is reluctant to cut a deal with a gangland beef trafficker (Sam Louwyck). And although Jacky seemingly has an ally in gang member Diederik (Jeroen Perceval), he's unsure how much he can trust him - despite them being linked by a traumatic incident from their childhood. Roskam is uncertain whether to focus on the crime drama or the incidents depicted in the frequently intercut flashbacks, overcomplicating two relatively straightforward storylines. But, in conjunction with cinematographer Nicolas Karakatsanis and composer Raf Keunen, the director generates a palpable sense of unease that is made all the more disconcerting by Schoenaerts's imposing presence and outbursts of terrifying violence.


A cattle farmer enters into an illegal business arrangement with a crooked vet and an infamous beef trader. However, the deal leads to his involvement in the murder of a police officer, and also brings his own personal secrets to light. Crime thriller, starring Matthias Schoenaerts and Jeroen Perceval. In Dutch and French.

Cast & Crew

Jacky Vanmarsenille Matthias Schoenaerts
Diederik Maes Jeroen Perceval
Eva Forrestier Barbara Sarafian
Lucia Schepers Jeanne Dandoy
Marc de Kuyper Sam Louwyck
Antony de Greef Tibo Vandenborre
Sam Raymond Frank Lammers
Young Jacky Vanmarsenille Robin Valvekens
Director Michael R Roskam
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Other Information

Language: Dutch, French +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: SodaGuidance: Violence, swearing, sexual references.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 1 Feb 2013