"An epic love story, set against the sweeping landscapes of Wyoming and Texas, that tells the story of two young men--a ranch-hand and a rodeo cowboy--who meet in the summer of 1963 while driving cattle on a mountain range. They unexpectedly forge a lifelong connection, one whose complications, joys and tragedies provide a testament to the endurance and power of love."
Earlier today, I went to the cinema to see the acclaimed Brokeback Mountain.
This is an excellent movie: the first 45mn, I could not see where the story would take us, and I must admit I was not convinced at all: two cowboys have been hired to take care of a herd of sheeps, and for a couple of weeks an alchemy appears and they become best mates and then lovers. After their assignment, Ennis gets married to a woman, as planned. Then Jack got married himself and both have children...
But after the first 45mn, and after 4 years of separation in the movie, Jack sends a letter to Ennis.
You get to see the two different lifes of two cowboys who felt in love, a forbidden love, especially in the 60's. One would like to live it, the other one tries to convince himself it is not a possibility anyway...
No surprise, the critics are talking about some possible oscars: Ang Lee did a great job as Film Director (the landscapes are fantastic, as they often are in the United States!), and the characters are great: Jack (Jake Gyllenhaal), Ennis (Heath Ledger) and Alma (Michelle Williams) are brilliantly played.
Link to one very comprehensive website about Brokeback Moutain: http://www.davecullen.com/brokebackmountain/