Brokeback Mountain

Ang Lee’s magnificent 2005 film is about people who live where the rules are pretty much the same as they were 100 years ago. Its power comes from its unblinking look at the cost, in desperation and denial, of living in this century by those rules. Herding sheep in high Wyoming solitude, Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger unexpectedly fall into a sexual relationship. Brokeback’s canvas gives Lee room for extremes: spectacular vistas and intimate moments that convey everything about their “real” relationships with women (Michelle Williams and Anne Hathaway) down below. (R) SHEILA BENSON

May 7-11, 7 & 10 p.m., 2008

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