Fountain

Fountain

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Director: Darren Aronofsky

Cast: 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 conceptSee more details below

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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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It should go without saying but it seldom does: people who don't like abstract art shouldn't see non-narrative films. The Fountain is a beautiful and triumphant success as an impressionistic take on the circular nature of life, love, and human frailty, but its achievements may be lost on moviegoers looking for a clear story that they can follow from beginning to end. Where most movies are works of prose, The Fountain is a work of poetry, and the fundamental artistic principles that will endear it to lovers of the abstract style will probably make it tough to swallow for the mainstream crowd. It traces the events of three "timelines" that should not be taken literally (as this would result in a nonsensical jumble), but rather as representations of the paths we may take in both terror and acceptance of death. Darren Aronofsky employs the same perspective here as he did with Pi, applying a subjectivity to the spiritual and existential answers we seek, proposing that even the most profound truths will still be shaped by the limited portal of the human mind. Aronofsky is unapologetic in his almost singular use of symbolic material, but his choices still show that he's aware of the audience's experience. In order to keep the viewer from becoming lost in a clutter of conceptual images, he builds the film around a central story that, while still allegorical, also closely resembles a literal narrative. This part of the film is written in a more common artistic language, providing a cognitive foothold for the audience so they don't get tired of translating the more complex messages. This central story, concerning a neurological research scientist on a fanatical crusade to cure his dying wife's brain tumor, provides Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz with the chance to tap into raw cinematic alchemy, excelling both as characters and as representations. Aronofsky's sum-total statement in The Fountain could surely fill volumes and fuel much debate, but his primary theme is clear: that while there may be no escaping death, we each still drink from the fountain of youth when we breathe our own contribution into the earth's everlasting cycle: eternal life in perennial life.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/15/2007
UPC:
0085392837625
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
2,611

Special Features

Inside The Fountain: Death and Rebirth - Gallery of 6 featuretts exploring the movie's various periods and settings; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English & Français (Dubbed in Quebec); Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Main feature. Bonus material/trailer may not by subtitled).

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Janique Kearns Young Nurse
Boyd Banks Dominican Monk
Alexandre Bisping Foot Soldier Del Toro
Kevin Kelsall Foot Soldier Rivera
Patricia Dal Foot Soldier Galleano
Marcello Bezina Foot Soldier Borjes
Hugo Salvador Gutierrez Aguilar Mayan Warrior
Eric Carmelo Valenzuela Batz Mayan Warrior
Elfego Vinicio Pena Castellanos Mayan Warrior
Jose Maria Tol Chan Mayan Warrior
Benjamin Panjoj Cortez Mayan Warrior
Juan Salvador Lares Mayan Warrior
Jose Alfredo Conoz Macario Mayan Warrior
Guatemaya Chicua Mayan Warrior
Tomas Tol Nix Mayan Warrior
Luis Alfredo Yac Noj Mayan Warrior
Mateo Martin Perez Mayan Warrior
Edson Vasquez Pixabaj Mayan Warrior
Marvin Leonardo Raxtun Mayan Warrior
Tomas Morales Sacquic Mayan Warrior
Santos Ajic Sapon Mayan Warrior
Xaijil Sicajan Mayan Warrior
Manuel Antonio Salvador Tol Mayan Warrior
Tomas Salvador Tol Mayan Warrior
Tomas Augustin Canil Ventura Mayan Warrior
Carlos Enrique Ramos Xalcut Mayan Warrior
Octavio Guadelupe Zabala Mayan Warrior
Xitamul Mayan Warrior
Yolanda Donovan
Bianca Cody Murphy Lab Support Primate
Diget Lab Support Primate
Granny Lab Support Primate

Technical Credits
Darren Aronofsky Director,Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Frédéric Amblard Set Decoration/Design
Renee April Costumes/Costume Designer
Alain Bérard Stunts
Elfego Vinicio Pena Castellanos Casting
Judy Chin Makeup
James Chinlund Production Designer
Robin D. Cook Casting
Nelson Da Costa Makeup Special Effects
Louis Craig Special Effects Supervisor
François Daignault Camera Operator
Stéphane Dargis Stunts
Les Productions de L'intrigue Special Effects
Brian Emrich Sound/Sound Designer
Federico Fahsen Consultant/advisor
Geoff Foster Sound Mixer
Bruno Gatien Makeup Special Effects
Francois Gauthier Makeup Special Effects,Stunts
Benoît Gauthier Stunts
Jere Gillis 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
Patrick Kerton Stunts
Michele Laliberte Art Director
Helena Laliberté Stunts
Brent Lambert Set Decoration/Design
André Laperriere Stunts
Felix Lariviere-Charron Set Decoration/Design
Jonathan Lavallée Makeup Special Effects
Jean-Pierre Lavoie Set Decoration/Design
Karine Lemieux Stunts
Nicholas Lepage Art Director
Matthew J. Libatique Cinematographer
Emilie Malo Asst. Director
Clint Mansell Score Composer
Arnon Milchan Producer
Marc Moisan Stunts
Jean-Pierre Paquet Art Director
Jay Rabinowitz Editor
Elizabeth Raposo Associate Producer
Patrick Rousseau Sound Mixer
Javier Segura Stunts
Justin Skomarovosky Musical Arrangement
Iain Smith Producer
Alex Touikan Set Decoration/Design
Mary Vernieu Casting
John Walsh Stunts
Eric Watson Producer
Nick Wechsler Executive Producer
Dwayne Wiley Stunts
Sylvania Yau Makeup Special Effects

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Fountain
1. Flaming Sword [6:56]
2. Tree of Life [3:19]
3. Walk With Me [4:22]
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]

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