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Brokeback Mountain

Adam Smith and Benjamin Cohen January 11, 2006
Just 2 per cent of recent big budget films include meaningful LGBT stories

Jake Gyllenhaal starred in Brokeback Mountain with the late Heath Ledger. (Focus Features)

In one of the most remarkable films of recent years, Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal play a pair of cowboys desperately and secretly in a love in rural American.

Ledger plays Ennis Del Mar, a young ranch hand of few words, set side by side with chatty rodeo cowboy Jack Twist (Gyllenhaal).

During a season herding sheep across the mountains, the pair become close and experience a passionate sexual relationship.

Over the next twenty years, the pair lead completely separate lives, both marrying and having children but manage to snatch a few golden moments of bliss together on Brokeback Mountain.

Set alongside the passion of the two cowboys, in denial of their love is some stunning scenery and some of the most beautifully filmed scenes seen on screen for many years.

Brokeback Mountain becomes the idealistic vision of their relationship, a vision tempered by the harsh realism of contemporary American life.

A story of love and isolation, which reaches its emotional end in the early 80’s – after the Village people stayed at the YMCA and when the Stonewall movement had supposedly won gay rights.

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