The Fountain

November 22nd, 2006








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The Fountain

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Plot
Spanning over one thousand years, and three parallel stories, The Fountain is a story of love, death, spirituality, and the fragility of our existence in this world.

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 7.3/10 (105,435 voted)

Critic's Score: 51/100

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Stars: Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Sean Patrick Thomas

Storyline
Three stories - one each from the past, present, and future - about men in pursuit of eternity with their love. A conquistador in Mayan country searches for the tree of life to free his captive queen; a medical researcher, working with various trees, looks for a cure that will save his dying wife; a space traveler, traveling with an aged tree encapsulated within a bubble, moves toward a dying star that's wrapped in a nebula; he seeks eternity with his love. The stories intersect and parallel; the quests fail and succeed.

Writers: Darren Aronofsky, Darren Aronofsky

Cast:
Hugh Jackman - Tomas / Tommy / Tom Creo
Rachel Weisz - Isabel / Izzi Creo
Ellen Burstyn - Dr. Lillian Guzetti
Mark Margolis - Father Avila
Stephen McHattie - Grand Inquisitor Silecio
Fernando Hernandez - Lord of Xibalba
Cliff Curtis - Captain Ariel
Sean Patrick Thomas - Antonio
Donna Murphy - Betty
Ethan Suplee - Manny
Richard McMillan - Henry
Lorne Brass - Dr. Alan Lipper
Abraham Aronofsky - Lab Technician
Renee Asofsky - Lab Technician
Anish Majumdar - Dr. Spencer

Taglines: What If You Could Live Forever?



Details

Official Website: TFM Distribution [France] | Warner Bros. [United States] |

Release Date: 22 November 2006

Filming Locations: Cité du Cinéma, Montréal, Québec, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $3,768,702 (USA) (24 November 2006) (1472 Screens)

Gross: $15,978,422 (USA) (8 February 2007)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:
Both Rachel Weisz and Hugh Jackman agreed to work on the film at a reduced rate.

Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Izzy first shows Tommy the Xibalba Nebulae the image remains in the telescope without it tracking. Celestial images quickly pass from view of a stationary telescope.

Quotes:
[first lines]
Tomas Verde: Let us finish it.



User Review

Absolutely Fantastic

Rating: 10/10

Fantastic in every sense. This film is indeed poetry, and a beautiful testament to love and the cycle of life, and the impermanence of death. Wow. The script is tight, and the non-linear presentation works very well. The scene compositions were exquisite. The score enhanced without being overbearing, which is so often the case in contemporary film.

The acting is absolutely superb, but then it's got Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz. I can't imagine Brad Pitt doing any sort of justice to this film. Darren Aronofsky lucked out in the long run by getting someone who has the range to portray the vast emotions required for Tomas/Tommy/Tom. Weisz has the depth for regal intrigue and spirited grace. Their chemistry makes their stories even more entrancing.

This film does require a thinking brain to be appreciated.




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