Brokeback Mountain (2005)

R   |    |  Drama, Romance


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The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years.

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  • Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain (2005)
  • Ang Lee at an event for Brokeback Mountain (2005)
  • Ang Lee and Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain (2005)
  • Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams in Brokeback Mountain (2005)
  • Anne Hathaway at an event for Brokeback Mountain (2005)
  • Ang Lee and Rodrigo Prieto in Brokeback Mountain (2005)

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2 June 2006 | netty1968
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| A true depiction of forbidden love...
It's been a while since I saw Brokeback Mountain, but it's emotive content still resonates to this day.

To over-analyse this film would do it a disservice, as it is in it's simplicity that the story revels.

Although focusing upon the forbidden love of two men (set in the ultra masculine world of cowboys and rodeos), it manages to convey the warmth, devotion and unrequited emotions of essentially a couple who happen to fall in love.

Here's lies it's magic; the two leads (played with exceptional restraint by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhall) quietly invite the viewer into their relationship, gradually making one feel they are watching an intimate piece of reality.

The essence of the story could be transposed to any supposedly socially forbidden coupling (bi-racial, lesbianism, etc) but it's core message is one of sustaining a love that has to be hidden and never explored to it's full potential.

Ang Lee (as always) provides a beautiful cinematic back drop to the evolving epic and clearly allowed the actors to freely explore the range of their characters.

I could go on but I feel the best way for any potential viewers to embrace the magic of this film is to pick a quiet afternoon, rent the DVD and settle back to enjoy what is truly an exceptional piece of movie making.

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