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Wed, 27 May 2009 - 12:09 | Dean Durber
Brokeback Mountain is a movie about a lot of things. It is concerned with a vast range of intimate relationships: between men, husbands and wives, parents and children. It exposes the rapid social and cultural changes in America from the late 1960s through to the 1980s. It is also a story of loss, for the men involved and for the wives who must grieve death and desertion. But this is not a gay movie. The rush to rejoice in or to condemn Brokeback Mountain for its gayness misses the point: that people—men, in this case—are able to experience moments of intimacy without having to be gay or straight.