The late director Sydney Pollack once commented that the most memorable love stories often end unhappily, focusing on lost opportunities rather than connubial bliss. And that may explain why this gay love story ranks with the most affecting ever filmed. Audiences straight and gay could relate to the story of a couple perpetually at odds — one partner (Jake Gyllenhaal) pressing for a deeper commitment than the other (the late Heath Ledger) seemed capable of giving. Fine performances and Ang Lee's astute, Oscar-winning direction contribute to the movie's impact.
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