Brokeback Mountain is a 2005 romantic drama film directed by Ang Lee and based on a short story by Annie Proulx. It has been adapted for the screen by Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtry. Offering a study in yearning, this story is about love and loss, unrealized dreams, and lives wasted by denying passion and accepting convention.
Among some magnificent landscapes, at the foot of a mountain ridge resembling a hump, unfolds the romantic story of two cowboys – Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal), who found seasonal work on a sheep farm in the summer of 1963. Their job was to keep the sheep moving and make sure as many as possible of them make it home.
At the peak of their whirlwind romance, the heroes did not yet realize that their acquaintance would become the most important thing in their life. And Wyoming’s Brokeback Mountain, majestically rising above the flowering meadows, will become a silent witness and a symbol of these feelings for a lifetime.
Eventually, the two formed a friendship, but none of them was able to verbalize it. One night, the relationship between Ennis and Jack turned physical, and the characters agreed that what happens on Brokeback Mountain stays there. They decided that once the summer is over, they will never see each other again. They both had women to marry, but ultimately, neither could forget that magical summer they spent together.
Brokeback Mountain shows everything that love has: the thrill of the first kiss, the passion of the first physical contact, the jealousy, the pain of loss. One wants to believe in such pure love, one wants to live and breathe it. But, for some reason, the film leaves behind completely different emotions. And it's not even about the actors' play or the work of the director – they all did well. The point is, probably, that the film is too lifelike.
Brokeback Mountain is a story about one love and how to keep it alive in our difficult world. And the final shots – the endless green field – is a symbol of the endless ever-flowering love that exists outside the trailer of everyday life.