The FountainDirector: Darren Aronofsky, Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn
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Requiem for a Dream director Darren Aronofsky switches gears from drug-induced urban malaise to abstract science fiction with this time-tripping symbolic tale of a man's thousand-year quest to save the woman he loves. Moving between representational stories and images, this meditation on life and death focuses on the concept of the mythical Tree of Life that is said to bestow immortality to all who drink of its sap. In one of the film's allegorical timelines, a 16th century Spanish conquistador played by Hugh Jackman sets out to find the tree in order to save his queen (Rachel Weisz) from the Inquisition. Another conceptual story finds Jackman centuries later, struggling with mortality as a modern-day scientist desperately searching for the medical breakthrough that will save the life of his cancer-stricken wife, Izzi. The third and most abstract concept finds Jackman as a different incarnation of the same character-idea, this time questing for eternal life within the confines of a floating sphere transporting the aged Tree of Life through the depths of space. Even more avant-garde than his breakthrough film Pi, The Fountain finds Aronofsky almost completely abandoning conventional story structure in favor of something more cinematically abstract. Though the film was originally slapped with an R by the MPAA, Aronofsky and co. re-edited it to conform to a PG-13 rating.
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- Warner Home Video
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- [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Cast & Crew
|Darren Aronofsky||Director,Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter|
|Frédéric Amblard||Set Decoration/Design|
|Renee April||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Elfego Vinicio Pena Castellanos||Casting|
|James Chinlund||Production Designer|
|Robin D. Cook||Casting|
|Nelson Da Costa||Makeup Special Effects|
|Louis Craig||Special Effects Supervisor|
|François Daignault||Camera Operator|
|Les Productions de L'intrigue||Special Effects|
|Brian Emrich||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Geoff Foster||Sound Mixer|
|Bruno Gatien||Makeup Special Effects|
|Francois Gauthier||Makeup Special Effects,Stunts|
|Vincent Gingras-Liberali||Set Decoration/Design|
|Isabelle Guay||Art Director|
|Ari Handel||Associate Producer,Original Story|
|Daniel Harding||Makeup Special Effects|
|Myron Hoffert||Asst. Director|
|Martin Jutras||Makeup Special Effects|
|Michele Laliberte||Art Director|
|Brent Lambert||Set Decoration/Design|
|Felix Lariviere-Charron||Set Decoration/Design|
|Jonathan Lavallée||Makeup Special Effects|
|Jean-Pierre Lavoie||Set Decoration/Design|
|Nicholas Lepage||Art Director|
|Matthew J. Libatique||Cinematographer|
|Emilie Malo||Asst. Director|
|Clint Mansell||Score Composer|
|Jean-Pierre Paquet||Art Director|
|Elizabeth Raposo||Associate Producer|
|Patrick Rousseau||Sound Mixer|
|Justin Skomarovosky||Musical Arrangement|
|Alex Touikan||Set Decoration/Design|
|Nick Wechsler||Executive Producer|
|Sylvania Yau||Makeup Special Effects|
1. Flaming Sword [6:56]
2. Tree of Life [3:19]
3. Walk With Me [4:21]
4. Rejuvenation [5:24]
5. Dying Star [3:15]
6. Awash In Feeling [4:04]
7. Medical First [2:52]
8. Spain Is On Fire [4:48]
9. Would-Be Target [2:47]
10. Holy Pyramid [5:53]
11. I Will Be Your Eve [2:16]
12. Hope and Time [4:19]
13. Why Are You Here? [3:07]
14. Always With You [5:41]
15. Almost There [2:26]
16. Death In Circles [4:59]
17. Too Late [3:34]
18. Memory Rings [4:45]
19. We Will Live Forever [4:52]
20. Finish It [3:42]
21. The Fountain [3:23]
22. Everything's All Right [3:04]
23. End Credits [6:27]
Inside The Fountain: Death and Rebirth
The 21st Century
The Endless Field
Spoken Languages: English 5.1
Spoken Languages: Français 5.1
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Full of novel imagery, The Fountain is a remarkable addition to Darren Aronofsky's cinematic talent. A non-linear tale of life and death, and one man's (Hugh Jackman) quest to conquer both, this film is not meant for the impatient viewer. Mr. Aronofsky's technique of implanting the characters in three, distinct periods may be difficult to follow at times, but is part of the central theme alluded to throughout the film. While Jackman's characters (a Spanish conquistador, cancer researcher and stellar traveler) seem compelled to seek out the illusory gift of immortality, the film achieves its most dramatic and thought-provoking moments as they collectively realize and finally appreciate the cyclical/symbiotic relationship of life and death. The Fountain may require an additional viewing, but will provide for hours of interesting conversation about some heady subjects. Well cast, intelligently written and marvelous to behold, the film is in part an homage to another wonderful cinematic experience, 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The fountain forces you to face your worst fear. That of losing the person you love most in the world. The Fountain is compelling and irresistable. The message is sublime and delivered with grace and mystery. It is not in your face or preachy but just absolutely moving. My wife and I watched it together. After we left the theater she was animated talking too fast "what did it mean", "I don't understand"? I stopped her, held her eyes with mine and asked "Do you really not understand"? She broke down in tears, shuddering and sobbing. Anyone who watches this film and does not understand it either has never loved another more than himself, of is so afraid of facing the message as to deny the message. A magnificent film, score, message and visuals. Amazing acting by Jackman..
The movie started somewhat strangely and slow but the characters had great emotional depth and the actors did a splendid job. The story line was one of the most creative I've seen in years and the movie moves your heart. To think that this movie nearly didn't happen. I could've done without the hair on the tree but it was called for. I would recommend this movie for anyone. It will strengthen your bravery in death and in life.
This movie was fantastic. Hard to follow? Sure. Intentionally so? Without a doubt. I understand that turns a lot of people off, and if you are that type of person, theres nothing wrong with that, just don't watch this movie. (If youre that type of person, why did you watch a movie by Aronofsky? He isn't exacltly known for mindless entertainment) However, for anyone wanting something they can actually spend some time digesting, and enjoy watching multiple times in order to seek out all the different parallels and intricacies of each storyline, this is a perfect film for you. I found myself not wanting my 2 1/2 hours back, but immediatley wanting to invest another 2 1/2 hours watching it over again!
Love Darren Aronofsky, he is a creative genius. This film wasn't just great visually but spiritually and emotionally. Will buy and share this to all my friends and family.
Sure, the story can be hard to follow. Yes, the characters can be a little emotional at times. And to make matters difficult to track, the editing of the film goes back and forth between each of the film's three time periods. Does this mean the movie stinks? heck no. If you missed it in the theaters then you missed something truely amazing. The visuals of the film are remarkable and help out the story quite a bit. Overall, the past and future scenes are the most enjoyable. The story, itself, was very clever and reminescent of '60s experimental novels.
The Fountain was not only the best love story of 2006 put to celluloid, but one of the best love story films ever. I can't even describe how spectacular this movie was. It's a very heavy story about love and loss, but it's also a metaphor for rebirth. The visuals in this movie are breathtaking and the story is even better. OWN IT.
Pretty sure drugs were involved while making this. It was obvious why this film reportedly took years to get off the ground - because it doesn't make an ounce of sense. If you want to see Hugh Jackman trying to find a cure for death (how stupid is that) and blubbering like a sissy for two hours, this is the movie for you. At the end, I was glad he failed.
The story was hard to follow and strange, Hugh Jackman did a great job. If it wasn't for the fact the Blu-Ray made the film engaging it would have have been a waste of time. Glad I didn't but it.
I hate this movie. This film does not make any sense. It jumps around so much you don't know what's going on. The ending is terribly stupid. I don't know what they were thinking when they wrote this movie. At one point, I actually started laughing at its stupidity. I talked about the movie for days. However, the only thing I said about it was how bad it was. Do NOT waste any of your time watching The Fountain. You'll spend twice as long trying to figure out what is was about and honestly, I still don't know. Nobody should watch The Fountain.