Three Cheers… Brokeback Mountain has won four Golden Globe Awards… it’s the Oscars next!
“Real-life couple Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams were both nominated for their performances in Brokeback Mountain: he for best actor for his turn as Ennis Del Mar, and she for best supporting actress for playing his long-suffering wife Alma”
José and I went to Bath (a city about 40 miles from Swindon) to see the film last Sunday. Despite our key home town of 180 residents and two Multi-screen cinemas with ten screens each – neither being prepared to show this film, we had to travel to watch the movie.
Based around two cowboys (actually sheep-herders) who find their daily routine a tad boring they discover each other, unexpected love and enduring friendship that lasts a couple of decades. But living in the conservative American West in the early 1960’s is no place for men to live together so they do what most closet gays do and marry women and raise families.
These poor women are put through the most unkind torture of being married to principally gay men and living lives of misery.
The cowboys live out their relationship through annual meet-ups – but it’s not a comfortable life for either of them.
I read this wonderful novel by Annie Proulx on the beach in Portugal in the summer of 2003.
So I knew what was coming in the movie, but have to hand it to Heath Ledger for superb acting. The scene in the trailer when he hugs his lover’s shirt is to DIE for?
It certainly is a modern-day love story which I would recommend anyone go read the book and see the movie.
Feel real pleased that we got to see the film. I have been a bit emotional since the movie... José just rolls his eyes towards heaven and thinks me rather silly. He says I am like a lost puppy that needs to be cared for.