TIFF review: ‘The Program’ ★★★

Standing in front of a mirror, a man repeats the phrase, “I have never tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.” His intonation and inflection changes but his eyes remain piercing, emotionless and glacially cold. Pauses for effect are added, differing facial expressions are selected, each one conveying a slightly altered emotion, as if picking a new jukebox song. Which version of this statement will I tell today’s press conference? And will this be the time I’m found out? It’s hard to comprehend how Lance Armstrong, central figure of British director Stephen Frears’ new film The Program (2015), was able to sleep at night, let alone look at himself in the mirror…

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