The Movie That Understands The Ongoing Attack Against Testosterone

My first introduction to the Belgian film Bullhead was through NexxtLevelUp. I read Virgle Kent’s review of the movie nearly a year ago, yet the title remained in my ‘to watch’ queue up until recently. The plot is simple, dark, and character driven. On the surface it follows the protagonist Jacky in his attempt to navigate dealings with the ‘steroid mafia’ so that he can keep his family’s cattle business afloat. Digging deeper the character of Jacky has been traumatized from an incident in his youth and we are given a glimpse into the effect of this on his every day dealings. Jacky is reserved, feared, and himself scared of others knowing his shame: he has to inject testosterone for his testicles were obliterated by a mentally unstable bully in childhood.

After watching the film I read some reviews of the movie by noted film critics and anonymous bloggers alike. If its one sentiment they shared it is that one will most certainly feel pity for Jacky, but the plot itself was weak and only served to act as a platform to act out the inner struggles of the main character. Coincidentally enough many of the lesser writers chose to describe Jacky’s actions as “roid rage” or joked about Jacky’s abuse of testosterone.

The plot is simple. It is contrived and it’s sole purpose is to portray the inner struggle of Jacky. However, the inner struggle of Jacky is, like the plot, deliberate in order to make social commentary. Bullhead is a movie about societies perceptions of testosterone and nothing more. Jacky is Frankenstein’s monster. He embodies testosterone in his size and aggression, because of this society looks down upon him as if he were a jester to both mock and fear.

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Having lost his testicles pre-pubescently Jacky must take exogenous testosterone in order to develop the correct secondary sexual characteristics. In the scene which Jacky’s parents consult with his doctor, the doctor bluntly states that  if not given the recommended testosterone Jacky will never become a man. His mother replies asking “Will he be gay now?”

Despite being nearly halfway into the movie, this scene is where the true discourse of the movie is fully revealed. As transparent as it may be, this cattle farmer is seen by society as one in the same with the animals he raises. We believe testosterone must be controlled, must be caged, lest its wielder do wrong.

The day of Jacky’s mutilation was also the first day he noticed that girls have breasts. While his father was in a business meeting, young Jacky finds himself enamored by a young girl at the scrapyard. Her brother soon comes over to butt heads with him, taunting him, and asking how much he would pay to fuck his sister. Jacky submits until his father comes over to break things up. He has now begun to learn that his natural sexuality is evil.

Days later Jacky stumbles upon the hideout of the bully. The bully and his friends are looking at porno mags. The bully catches Jacky watching and this triggers the rage of the bully. Jacky is mutilated and learns it is wrong for him to experience human sexuality. At another point in the film this is referenced as Jacky refuses to fuck whores with his business partner.

However, Jacky still has sexual desire for the girl he noticed that day as a child. She now works at a perfume shop and after multiple attempts to talk to her he ends up following her to a nightclub. The girls friend pushes the girl to talk to Jacky and the girl objects saying its gross how big he is. The girl starts talking to Jacky, but is pulled away by a player-esque character. Later on Jacky headbutts the player and beats him into a coma, grunting animalistically.

Bullhead climaxes as Jacky’s life is crashing down around him. His ranch is threatened by a raid and he must destroy all of the hormones he is giving his cattle. Jacky’s love interest has realized it was Jacky who beat the player into a coma and Jacky is determined to finally take charge of his own life. Jacky laments that in his life he has never felt the need to protect someone like a wife or children because it is in his nature.

After reluctantly letting Jacky into her apartment the girl tells Jacky “you’re all animals” Jacky accepts that society will never again accept his testosterone; he chooses to end his life the only way he deems fit… as another bull to the slaughter.

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12 thoughts on “The Movie That Understands The Ongoing Attack Against Testosterone”

    1. it’s not an action flick, but sometimes a guy wants a slightly more thoughtful film to watch

  1. I saw this film about 6 months ago, and would definitely recommend it. It is very tragic, but well directed and acted. The male lead is a good actor and has been in some other films I’ve liked, especially “West Bank.” (a supernatural horror film).

  2. Fascinating and extremely relevent. Between this movie and Dennis it seems like in Scandinavia theres a real backlash to feminism going on

    1. Belgium is not in Scandinavia and is barely even a country these days split between two languages belong to the Dutch and the French.
      There is indeed a growing mainstream movement in Scandinavian media of a sort of masculinism. I have yet actually to see the same in English media. In Denmark in particular there are many bloggers now in big newspapers attacking feminism.
      As in the past, the Nordic countries adapt very readily: First to abolish slavery, first to allow porn among other things, first to institute the abhorrent welfare state etc.
      It would be quite ironic if the most feminist countries in the world becamse the hotbed of growing anti-feminism. It is not all unlikely.
      The movie is very good too. A sad film, but definitely worth watching.

  3. ” Sometimes in a man’s life stuff happens that makes everyone go quiet. So quiet that no one even dares talk about it. Not to anyone, not even to themselves. Not in their head and not out loud. Not a fucking word. Cos everything somehow got stuck.”

    1. Man this clip is all sorts of fucked up watching from his PoV, but expresses why a man needs game in all parts of life although i didn’t care for the beta shit he did at the end.

    2. It was the the player’s fault of interrupting someone else’s game. A strong superior man simply does not cockblock or steal a girl by use of superior game. That guy did nothing to deserve that and the player should also have seen that this guy is obviously drunk, troubled and inexperienced – and in addition to that strong enough to kick his butt. Just a stupid move that backfired – the asshole game should be done with girls and not with guys.

  4. The last statement of this article is telling. This is how the Western world sees masculinity, and men in general. Just another bull needing slaughter.

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