|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeroen Perceval, Jeanne Dandoy, Barbara Sarafian|
|Director:||Michael R. Roskam|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Collections:||May - World Cinema|
|Rental release:||20 May 2013|
|Main languages:||Dutch, French|
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Thriller hits the bullseyeBy Johnnyo (39 reviews) , 23 May 2013
[Highly rated reviewer]Astonishing performance by Schoenaerts, reminiscent of De Niro in Raging Bull. He manages to make you sympathize with a hormone-injecting brutal gangster. The plot is complex and some scenes are very difficult to watch but it well deserved its Oscar nomination. Terrific character study, an original gripping thriller and guaranteed to make any male viewer queasy.
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Boring, Boring, Boring.By DoctorWho (119 reviews) from Epping , 12 Dec 2013Life is too short. we gave up about 45 minutes in. Precious little had happened. I don't mind films with subtitles, but something does actually have to happen at some point.
Boring filmBy a customer , 08 Dec 2013Personally I found this film boring, depressing and pretty uneventful. Just had to turn this film off before the end
Very boringBy Marpip (18 reviews) from London , 25 Nov 2013Boring. Couldn't see what all the fuss was about. So slow and I couldn't wait for it to end. A good film for insomniacs.
Schoenaerts performance will blow you awayBy a customer , 16 Nov 2013This is a seriously powerful Belgian drama. Schoenaerts in the lead role is magnificent - dark, brooding but at the same time able to make you sympathise greatly with the character. It starts slowly but stick with it. The whole mood of the film is disturbing and has some scenes that will make you wince. The story is very unusual - illegal meat trading, gangsters and a hormone injecting bull of a lead character but as time passes we learn why he is as he is. Overall a very powerful and ultimately very sad story.
Worth concentratingBy a customer , 10 Nov 2013This is a real slow burn and it pulls you in with a bit of a red herring. The main actor gives a stunning, very menacing character a sympathetic side. You have to pay attention and it may put you off meat ( especially near the end) but it is definitely worth concentrating and makes you think.