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Monday, January 30, 2006

Comment: Brokeback Mountain

Does Brokeback Mountain deserve the Golden Globe award? A debate that mixes film critics with political, moral, and social issues. Some say that it is not the film itself that got the award, it is more the 'controversial' theme.

Watching the movie, I must say that I cannot make up my mind whether it is a good (interesting) movie or not. While I agree that the movie itself is too long and slow, the way it unfolds a sensitive issue is very subtle. The social context and how it has conditioned homosexuality are superbly shown. The 'absence' of continous interactions between the two main characters (we would see snap shots of their life separately but not the evolution of their relationship) deepen the feeling of frustation that the movie intended to show. This 'void' does not make the movie dull, au contraire, it saddens me.

Unfortunately, magnificent landscapes that, I think, are intended to fill this void are overemphasized. These excellent photographic sceneries, Ang Lee's trademark, are out of place and sometimes are disturbing the emotion build up throughout the movie. Sometimes I was not sure whether I should concentrate on the couple's frustation and rejection or contemplate on the background landscape.

This movie has shown homosexuality from a point of view that reminds us that it is a love story after all. It is not a gay-cowboy movie, it is a movie about tragic love. Tragic, as it was not only a forbidden nor impossible love, but it was a love which should /could not exist.

In short, it is a romantic, sad, and moving story. A story that hopefully will create more tolerance in this world.


  • Pengen nonton, tp tampaknya di jkt tidak diputar secara umum... :(

    **grammar police**
    A debate that mix ... -> A debate that mixes ...
    The social context and how it has conditioned homosexsuality is superbly shown. -> The social context and how it has conditioned homosexuality are superbly shown.
    homosexsuality -> homosexuality
    **grammar police**
    *maaf, tangan lagi gatel...

    By Anonymous mahli, at January 30, 2006 3:49 PM  

  • Hahahaha...buset, kena deh gue. Iya nih, grammar gue musti dibenerin..thanks mahli! :)

    Ini nih salahnya kebiasaan ngandelin personal editor...

    By Blogger Pipit, at January 30, 2006 4:03 PM  

  • makanya Pit, didraft dulu.
    Lalu dispellchek pake Spelling & Grammar. Kalo perlu Thesaurus :p

    By Anonymous andry, at February 02, 2006 4:52 PM  

  • Ndry, perfection is boring.

    *ngeles* hihihi...:p

    By Blogger Pipit, at February 02, 2006 5:53 PM  

  • bukankah hal seperti ini adalah salah satu cara untuk membuat orang berkomentar? ;)

    By Anonymous mahli, at February 03, 2006 6:12 AM  

  • Mahli..pinter deh kamu...hehehehe. :)

    By Blogger Pipit, at February 04, 2006 11:35 AM  

  • kalau menurut saya, ang lee pinter di ngarahin. Sedikit pemain berarti harus pinter maen psikologi...
    pemandangan juga bagus, biarpun suasana film nya cenderung sepi...

    By Blogger esge, at March 06, 2006 7:26 AM  

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