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Brokeback Mountain (2005)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  13 January 2006 (USA)
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The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys and their lives over the years.

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Waitress
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Basque (as David Trimble)
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Chilean Sheepherder #1
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Jolly Minister
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Timmy
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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

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Love Is A Force Of Nature

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Rated R for sexuality, nudity, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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13 January 2006 (USA)  »

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Secreto en la montaña  »

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Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$34,637 (Austria) (7 April 2006)

Gross:

$83,025,853 (USA) (14 April 2006)
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One of Daniel Day-Lewis' favorite films. He cites the reason for this as being Heath Ledger's performance. After Ledger's death Day-Lewis dedicated his SAG award for There Will Be Blood (2007) to Ledger's memory mentioning in particular the final scene in Ennis' trailer being "as moving as anything I have ever seen". See more »

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Powerful, Numbing
12 September 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I just saw this at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to a packed house (with Ang Lee present for today's screening). And I have to say, it absolutely transfixed me and was worth the watch. Out of 24 movies I screened at the TIFF this year, this was the only one I rated a 10/10! Three things really stood out for me making this a stand-out of a film:

1) HONESTY: Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal really pulled this off. I wasn't expecting performances so real and nuanced, and was warmly surprised. Kudos, also, to Mr. Lee for making such a poignant and refreshingly honest film!

2) STORY: Great story-telling. In fact you're not actually being *told* a story. The story unfolds and the viewer watches what happens pulling you in. What a great experience! In fact, I want to experience this story again -- I'm going to look for the short story.

3) NUMBING: In a thought-provoking kind of way. I left the theatre digesting the story even as I sat on the streetcar thinking about the characters. I cared for them, and wondered what could/might happen to them after the screen went black. My mind was playing out scenarios and in that sense, it was numbing, in a thought-provoking, emotionally heavy way.

This is powerful cinema and is definitely worth checking out. It's the best Ang Lee film I've seen to date (I've seen most, but not all of his feature films).


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