Saddle up for love story

PUBLISHED: 11:16 09 January 2006 | UPDATED: 08:58 24 May 2010

A RANGE OF EMOTIONS: Health Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal fall in love

A RANGE OF EMOTIONS: Health Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal fall in love

ACADEMY Award-winning director Ang Lee has come up with an epic American love story with a difference.

ACADEMY Award-winning director Ang Lee has come up with an epic American love story with a difference.Much has been said and written about BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (15), not only because it is a very good film, but because it is also the first gay cowboy movie. Based on a short story by Annie (Shipping News) Proulx, it stars Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as a ranch-hand and a rodeo cowboy who meet in the summer of 1963 and forge a lifelong relationship whose complications, joys and tragedies provide a testament to the endurance and power of love.Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist meet while getting summer jobs for a Wyoming rancher (Randy Quaid). They become friends, and then more.But at the end of the summer they must part. Ennis marries Alma (Michelle Williams), Jack goes to Texas and marries Lureen (Anne Hathaway).Four years later the men meet up again and discover that time has only strengthened their bond. They begin to meet several times a year, but even when they are apart - leading a second life with their wives and families - they face the eternal questions of fidelity, commitment and trust.Why did the actors want to do this film?Gyllenhaal says: " I met with a different director about the movie years ago. At the time, I was a teen, so it wasn't a realistic prospect."I was immediately drawn to Brokeback Mountain because love stories haven't been told this way in a long time."Movies I've seen in recent years have avoided the struggles and the trials that it takes to actually be in love and keep that going."Ledger adds: "I hadn't done a proper love story, and I find there's not a lot of mystery left in stories between guys and girls. It's all been done or seen before."It opens in selected cinemas this week, and nationwide next week.

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