Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

8.30PM, SBS ★★★★

The com­pelling true story of a man who turned a life sen­tence into a ca­reer op­por­tu­nity. Matthew McConaughey plays Ron Woodroof, a ho­mo­pho­bic rodeo rider who con­tracted the AIDS virus in 1985. Given mere months to live by doc­tors, Woodroof’s red­neck in­stincts point him to Mexico, where he dis­cov­ers a line of med­i­ca­tion that im­proves his con­di­tion. Though the treat­ment is banned in the US, Woodroof starts smug­gling the stuff across the bor­der, af­ter which he turns a tidy buck selling it to fel­low suf­fer­ers. Ex­cep­tion­ally well-writ­ten and di­rected, this tough, yet ten­der-hearted film doesn’t take the easy road to­wards win­ning your full re­spect and fas­ci­na­tion.

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