Cinema - Brokeback Mountain

Love stories usually follow a pretty similar plot line. A young couple fall in love, but the course of that love doesn’t run smooth. There’s always some stumbling block to them getting together. It might be war (Casablanca), family feuds (Romeo and Juliet), the haughtiness of one of the characters (Pride and Prejudice), or the fact that one of them is a dithering middle class twit (all Hugh Grant films). In Brokeback Mountain the problem is the protagonists’ fear of society’s reaction to their homosexuality. The couple (Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal) meet on the eponymous mountain looking after sheep in 1960’s rural Wyoming, but hell, they wear Stetsons and ride horses, for which reason it is usually referred to as ‘that gay cowboy movie’.

The pair deny their true feelings, and do the done thing. They both marry, both have kids, both lead depressing lives in unhappy families. In the second half of the film we see them grow older, occasionally getting together on trysts billed to their wives as male-bonding fishing trips. Ever wrinklier, they lie in motel beds talking about what might have been, what never could be. The eclectic Ang Lee directs, and of course his latest film is a visual feast, which won him the best director Oscar. Its moral is simple: obey your true nature. Towards the end of its 133 minutes you start wishing it had served you a little more moral ambiguity to chew over. DL


Using the same caption as you did a few weeks ago: if it ain’t
Brokeback, don’t mend it

Where?
All Saints Centre, Friar’s Walk, Lewes
When? 8pm and Sunday 5pm
How Much? £4.50
 

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