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As Time Goes By: Love Stories, like One Day, that Endure the Test of Time
Posted June 29, 2011 to photo album "As Time Goes By: Love Stories, like One Day, that Endure the Test of Time"
One Day tells the two-decade story of Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dex (Jim Sturgess). Like other films, from When Harry Met Sally to Brokeback Mountain, One Day recognizes how our relationships change and deepen over time. We look at 10 other great films of loves that go on.
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Adapted from a short story by Annie Proulx, Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain gives the epic treatment to the tragic love story of two closeted gay cowboys, Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal), who struggle to maintain some semblance of a relationship over the course of 20 years. Ennis and Jack's tempestuous affair begins in 1963, when the two young men are working together herding sheep on a ranch in Wyoming. However the knowledge that they can never be open about their love for each other prevents them from staying together or being able to maintain an emotional closeness. They go their separate ways: Ennis marries his sweetheart, Alma Beers (Michelle Williams), and Jack weds rodeo rider Lureen Newsome (Anne Hathaway). However, though it is frustratingly infrequent, they find ways to see each other and be alone together. In the end, Brokeback Mountain is not just a simple affair carried on over a summer, but is a love story that defines its lovers, their worlds, and their lives. In his review for the Village Voice, J. Hoberman praised how Lee's film transcended the sexual orientation of its characters to resonate with all audiences: “From the opening scene of semiconscious cruising to the final scene of ultimate bereavement, Lee's accomplishment is to make this saga a universal romance. Brokeback Mountain is the most straightforward love story — and in some ways the straightest — to come out of Hollywood, at least since Titanic.” In the New York Times, Stephen Holden reinforced this opinion, stating that “Brokeback Mountain is ultimately not about sex (there is very little of it in the film) but about love: love stumbled into, love thwarted, love held sorrowfully in the heart.” On its release, Brokeback was a huge success for distributor Focus Features: it took over $175 million at the box office, gained rave reviews from critics, and won Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay (for Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana) and Best Original Score (Gustavo Santaolalla) at the Academy Awards.