Designato Film della Critica dal Sindacato Nazionale Critici Cinematografici Italiani SNCCI.
In un periodo incerto nella storia americana, un uomo con i suoi difetti lotta per la sopravvivenza. Ispirato a fatti realmente accaduti, Dallas Buyers Club racconta la storia sulla tenacia di Ron
La Good Films distribuisce il film in Italia dal 30 gennaio 2014
Woodroof attraverso lo sguardo del regista Jean-Marc Vallée, su una sceneggiatura originale di Craig Borten e Melisa Wallack. Il vincitore dello Spirit Award, Matthew McConaughey veste i panni di un personaggio reale, che per il proprio interesse è spinto a qualcosa di molto più elevato.
Figlio del Texas, Ron Woodroof è un elettricista e un cowboy da rodeo. Nel 1985, vive un’esistenza secondo le proprie regole, indipendente. Ma come un fulmine a ciel sereno, scopre di essere sieropositivo con una prognosi che lo condanna a 30 giorni di vita. Ron rifiuta di accettare questa sentenza di morte e, di fatto, reagisce.
Ricerche rapide sulla sua grave condizione lo portano a scoprire una serie di medicinali e terapie non ancora approvate dal ministero. Decide così di oltrepassare il confine. In Messico impara le procedure per alcuni trattamenti alternativi che comincia a esportare di contrabbando, andando contro la comunità scientifica e i medici specializzati, compresa la sua terapista, la dottoressa Eve Saks (la vincitrice dello Screen Actors Guild Award, Jennifer Garner) preoccupata del suo caso.
Completamente al di fuori della cerchia omosessuale, Ron trova un improbabile alleato in un paziente malato di AIDS, Rayon (l’attore premiato con il Gotham Independent Film Award, Jared Leto), giovane transessuale che condivide con Ron un attaccamento spassionato alla vita. Ma anche uno spirito imprenditoriale: per evitare sanzioni governative dovute alla vendita non autorizzata di farmaci e articoli sanitari, fondano un “buyers club” (un ufficio acquisti), per cui i sieropositivi pagano quote mensili adeguate per avere accesso alle forniture di nuova acquisizione. Nel cuore del Texas, l’iniziativa del collettivo clandestino ideata da Ron prende il via, presto aumentano i clienti e i sostenitori. Ron si batte per la dignità, l’informazione e l’accettazione. Negli anni successivi alla diagnosi, il vessato Cavaliere Solitario vive a pieno la vita come non mai. (Distribuzione)
In 1986, the AIDS crisis was still a misunderstood horror, withering then taking its victims, alarming the public and confounding the doctors who sought a cure. In Texas, Ron Woodroof stood beyond the fear of AIDS. He was clueless. So when this boozing, foul-mouthed, womanizing heterosexual contracted HIV, his response was instinctive: Bullshit.
Dallas Buyers Club draws on his true story. When Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) is told that he has only thirty days to live, he pleads with a doctor (Jennifer Garner) for what was then an experimental drug, AZT. But he refuses to submit to a clinical trial, so he steals the drug — taking his first dose with a beer chaser and a snort of cocaine. When the AZT dosage makes him sick, he seeks out alternative medicine. Never one to heed rules, Woodroof smuggles unapproved treatments over the border from Mexico. Along the way, he strikes up an unlikely alliance with Rayon, a sleek but troubled drag queen, played with stunning conviction by Jared Leto. The pair teams up to sell treatments to the growing numbers of HIV and AIDS patients unwilling to wait for the medical establishment to save them. It’s a classic story of American enterprise. (TIFF.net)
“…Vallée’s direction of the story is impressive. He takes artistic liberties we haven’t seen him attempt before and does a comparable job at bringing the unfocused and at times, jumbled narrative to the screen. Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack pen the script from an honest place. The “Inspired by true events” phrase that’s plastered on the film’s poster should have allowed a more cohesive and finely tuned story to be constructed. Their decisions on where to focus Woodroof’s life during his first year living with HIV didn’t give the film a thematic foundation to connect with. I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to be watching a socially political film that highlights the intolerance of homosexuals in the 80’s or a politically-motivated drama that highlights the injustices that our own government takes on its people. You can make the argument that it’s a blend of the two, but the way the events unfold and are represented don’t necessarily ring authentic. If anything, they paint a poorly constructed portrait of homosexuals and victims of HIV and AIDS during a very difficult time in our nation where anyone was looking for an outlet of longevity. We know lots about the traumas and prejudices of our victims during the AIDS epidemic and the battles they fought just to simply live. There’s no other message or values that the film presents that I haven’t already heard in “And the Band Played On” and “How to Survive a Plague.” The performances in the film rise above any flaws that the script may slip into. McConaughey is the best I’ve ever seen him. Simply a delight from head to toe, beginning to end. What I haven’t started to uncover is the revelation that is Jared Leto as the lovable and AIDS-stricken Rayon. Leto, who has been away from the game for some time as he focused on his music with his band “30 Seconds to Mars” showcases one of the year’s finest turns and the best he’s ever delivered. Every time the talented Leto is on-screen, he steals focus from everyone around him. He manages to illuminate the pain and horror of the human spirit as it deals the inevitable notion that fairly soon, you will die. You won’t see a more devastating turn or a greater example of masking the real emotions of the being this year. A Supporting Actor contender has emerged…” (Clayton Davis, IMDB)
“…“Dallas Buyers Club” then effortlessly glides into a different gear, with Woodruff smuggling in carloads of unapproved (but not illegal) medication. Even though he has his own relative health as proof to potential buyers (he still looks rail thin, but not death’s door sickly) he begrudgingly teams up with that former hospital roomie for a distribution network.
That man is Rayon, a trans* individual played by Jared Leto, a perfect performance coming to us at a perfect time. Rayon isn’t just the wacky gay friend – he is a complex and heartbreaking figure, and Leto tears into this role with everything he’s got. His portrayal of Rayon is imbued with such heart that no one will doubt that his struggles are enough to change the heart and mind of someone so rough-around-the-edges as Woodruff. With “Dallas Buyers Club” Leto elevates directly to the top of the A-List. His career will never be the same.
Not to disregard McConaughey. His physical transformation for this role is remarkable, as is his ability to somehow win our sympathies before his attitude changes. Once Woodruff has a clear mission, it is quite fun to rally behind him. It makes you wish he’d found this industrious side of himself before getting sick… McConaughey and Leto don’t just give voice to the disenfranchised of the 1980s, but all people suddenly faced with impossible challenges. The fireworks caused by pitting never-say-die Texas bravado against heartlessness is a powerful mix, and “Dallas Buyers Club” somehow manages to be an inspiring tale amidst all this sadness… VOTO: 8,5” (Jordan Hoffman, Film.com)