caught my first film of 2006 on friday - brokeback mountain which is being talked about as a gay cowboy film. the cinema was packed out (though it doesn't seem to be on in loads of cinemas). the film is really a tragic love story. two young guys who spend the summer looking after sheep in the mountains develop a relationship. but they both see it as a fling rather than that they are gay. the film then follows their relationship over the years as they both get married and try and maintain their relationship on occasional get togethers back in the mountains.
it is a powerful and moving love story. it's also a very sad film. chris curtis as ever has some good thoughts about it. jen and i found ourselves asking the question what would be redemptive in the situation the two guys find themselves in? the difficulty with the question is that the longer they are keeping their sexuality and relationship secret the more complicated that question is. i haven't really seen much christian reaction to the film though i can guess what it will be in parts of america (such as here). but i think it's a great film - definitely one to watch. i did a quick look through technorati to see what people are blogging about it. one thing i discovered is that gay bloggers see the film as hopeful in terms of helping people talk about homosexuality. a quote i loved about that from david cullen was:
It won't make gay-love acceptable in southern Baptist churches next month. But it will leave the conversation changed.
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