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Dallas Buyers Club

Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée

USA, 2013

Cornerhouse, 9 February 2014

Dallas Buyers Club

Here you have an anti-tragic film about the rise of HIV/AIDS, graced by a fair few fine performances.

Not for a moment does the narrative slow or let up; it’s always moving forward, telling us something new, relentless and irresistible.

Ron Woodroof is diagnosed with HIV and given 30 days to live.  A self-reliant Texan, he seeks out the drugs he needs (they’re unavailable in the States) and helps others too – albeit for a price.  Along the way Ron, an alpha male with a casually homophobic outlook, develops his ‘legitimate strangeness’, as Foucault (following  Char) advised, and expands his notion of the We.  Lovely scenes between Ron (Matthew McConaughey) and Rayon (Jared Leto), a femme sweetheart.  They become a bickering couple, affectionate underneath it all.

An excellent film, not least because the emotional manipulation factor is miniscule, close to negligible.