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DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

Director: JEAN-MARC VALLÉE

117 minutes, U.S.A., 2013, Colour, D-Cinema


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Matthew McConaughey’s impressive career renaissance continues in this biopic of Ron Woodroof, a Texan rodeo cowboy pronounced HIV-positive in 1985, when such a diagnosis was practically a death sentence. Ostracised by family and friends, homophobic heterosexual Woodroof becomes an adept student of potentially life-prolonging medications, not all of which have been government-approved.

Although initially hostile on meeting Rayon (Jared Leto), a similarly afflicted transgender woman, he sees a business opportunity, and so the ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ is born, with Ron supplying the drugs and Rayon the clients. Eventually, their activities are noticed by the authorities, and the club threatened. McConaughey’s commitment to the role, including extreme weight loss, has been well documented, and he is outstanding throughout, keeping the audience on the side of a sometimes unlikeable character; however, plaudits are also due to Jared Leto for his equally committed turn. (Notes by Kevin Coyne.)

★★★★★ The Guardian  ★★★★   The Irish Times ★★★★ Irish Independent    ★★★★ 1/2 RTÉ Ten

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