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A raw, powerful story of two young men, a Wyoming ranch hand and a rodeo cowboy, who meet in the summer of 1963 sheepherding in the harsh, high grasslands of contemporary Wyoming and form an unorthodox yet life-long bond--by turns ecstatic, bitter and conflicted. Written by
Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana
I'm 23, and I find it hard to write this review. I saw the film exactly
one week ago today and not a moment has gone by when I don't ache. It
finds me in the shower; it haunts me in bed; it has filled my mind and
clings to my thoughts, and it won't let up. I try to lie to myself, to
find some solace by saying that it's just a movie, but I know better.
Jack and Ennis are alive, and they represent so many aching people, so
many untold stories. There is no contrivance, no manufactured
importance; there are no tricks. Brokeback Mountain tells, with painful
honesty and frankness, the story of two men's lives and nothing more.
Whether you are gay or straight, it doesn't hit close to home: it hits
you. Brokeback Mountain is a place we all most desperately yearn to go.
It's where we can be free.
It feels funny to say that Brokeback Mountain is my favorite film of
all time, because I think it almost an injustice to call it a film at
all, or to critique its incredible technical sophistication. Somehow
Brokeback Mountain transcends that. I could hear a thousand speeches
celebrating diversity or read a hundred love stories and not be
absolutely broken in just two hours as I was after this film. I've
never felt waves of nausea come over me as I did sitting in that
theater, my face contorted as I watched truth and honesty spill from
the screen and onto moviegoers who had no idea what they were in for.
I am usually the first to point out bias, so I know my words might be
mistaken for favoritism or blind loyalty. They should not. This movie
will change your existence. I find so many things in my life trivial
now in the wake of this film---for me, watching it was truly like
having a near-death experience. And am I better for it? Yes. Broken and
undone, but better.
For once in my life, I feel hope, and I've seen love.
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