Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Director: Ang Lee
Writers: Larry McMurtry, Diana Ossana, Anne Prow
Starring: Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway, Kate Mara, Randy Quaid, Linda Cardellini, Anna Fa Reese / Graham Baker / Scott Michael Campbell / David Harbor / Roberta Maxwell / Pete McRobbie / Shane Hill / Brooklynn Prouker S / Jack Church / …
Genre: Drama / Romance / Family / Same-sex
Region: USA / Canada
Released: 2005-09-02 (Venice Film Festival) / 2006-01-06 (Canada) / 2006-01-13 (USA)
Length: 134 minutes
AKA: Brokeback Mountain / BBM
Rating: IMDB 7.7 / Rotten Tomatoes 88%
In the western part of Wyoming, the taciturn farmer Ennis (Heath Ledger) and the enthusiastic and cheerful cowboy Jack (Jack Gyllenshire) were sent to the mountains to herd sheep. Partner, life is monotonous. They spent the best part of their lives on brokeback mountain on a cold night, under the influence of alcohol and hormones, doing “the wrong thing”.
The seasonal grazing ends, and due to secular pressure, Jack and Ennis reluctantly separate from each other and get married and have children. Ennis married Alma, who he had known since childhood, and had two lovely daughters; Jack went to Texas, and with the support of his wife, Llewellyn’s family, his career went smoothly and he had a son. Although they genuinely care about each other, they can only date regularly every year. Alma, who knew about it, was in great pain, and they couldn’t satisfy their reunion which only existed for a few days a year. Then an accident happened…
Brokeback Mountain is a 2005 American romantic drama film directed by Ang Lee and starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. The film is based on a short story by Annie Proulx and tells the story of two young men, Ennis Del Mar (played by Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (played by Jake Gyllenhaal), who fall in love while working as sheepherders on Brokeback Mountain in Wyoming in the 1960s.
Ennis and Jack’s relationship is complicated by their fear of societal judgment and the expectations of their families and communities. The two men struggle to maintain their connection over the years, with Ennis staying in Wyoming to raise a family and Jack traveling around the country in search of adventure.
Brokeback Mountain was praised for its powerful performances, particularly Ledger’s portrayal of Ennis, as well as its sensitive and nuanced treatment of the love story between the two men. The film was also notable for its exploration of themes of masculinity, homophobia, and the struggle for acceptance and self-expression.
The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $178 million worldwide and earning eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director for Ang Lee, and Best Actor for Heath Ledger. The film won three Oscars, for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Score. Brokeback Mountain is widely considered a landmark film in the representation of LGBTQ+ characters and relationships in mainstream cinema.
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