Director: Ang Lee
Why does clandestine love always seem so profound? My own favourite romantic films—Brief Encounter, In The Mood For Love and Before Sunrise/Before Sunset—are also all about furtive, fleeting passion. So does Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain, based on Annie Proulx's story about forbidden love, also make it to that list? Yes, but not quite. Primarily because it's a difficult film to grapple with. The plodding pace, Ledger's thickly-accented, at times incomprehensible drawl, and some subtle, almost abrupt moments can leave you disconnected, particularly at the start. But slowly, as you soak in the cowboy world, it envelops you entirely.
Initially, Ang Lee deliberately and arduously plays on the sweeping, overwhelming Brokeback Mountain landscape. The rough and rustic surroundings, the bad food, the herd of sheep. In the midst of their duties, two cowboys—Jack Twist...