Stars: Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway, Randy Quaid, Linda Cardellini, Kate Mara, Anna Faris, David Harbour, Peter McRobbie, Roberta Maxwell.
Director: Ang Lee
Screenplay: Annie Proulx, Diana Ossana, & Larry McMurtry.
From the setting, the cinematography, the structure, the mood, love, characters, the hurt, and above all the incredible cast. It captures a time of great sadness when men were not only not allowed to love men but were not allowed to have any sense of vulnerability.
Heath Ledger makes me cry. Never has an actor escaped more thoroughly into a role than this man. I see Ennis Dal Mar, I hear Ennis Del Mar, I feel Ennis Del Mar. Ledger invites Ennis into his soul as you never see Ledger within this role, you never remember that an actor is playing this character for he is too real, too human, too perfect on Ang Lee's screen.
The sorrow that all these characters live through, not just the central men how only found happiness on top of Brokeback Mountain. They all try their best to make their miserable lives work but no one wins here. The wives live with men who can't love them they way they need to be loved and most importantly these men have no real choice other than to lie to the world and deny their love outside of their 'fishing' trips.
But the success of this film is by presenting their love as real, no matter how sad that reality is. It is one of the most beautiful depictions of truth on screen, and it gets me every time.