Forbidden Love

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Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Set against the sweeping landscapes of Wyoming and Texas, Ang Lee’s epic love story tells of two young men, Ennis (Heath Ledger) a ranch-hand and Jack (Jake Gyllenhaal) a rodeo cowboy, who meet in the summer of 1963 while driving cattle on a mountain range. The two men unexpectedly forge a passionate, sexual and emotional connection and begin a secretive and forbidden relationship. Both men endure loveless marriages and their own relationship becomes a struggle due to the fear of being discovered and the violent consequences they would face given the period’s attitude to homosexuality.

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