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The Fountain (2006)



Critic Consensus: The Fountain -- a movie about metaphysics, universal patterns, Biblical symbolism, and boundless love spread across one thousand years -- is visually rich but suffers from its own unfocused ambitions.

Movie Info

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. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for some intense sequences of violent action, some sensuality and language)
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Ari Handel, Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 18, 2007
Box Office: $10.0M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Hugh Jackman
as Tomas/Tommy/Tom Creo
Rachel Weisz
as Isabel/Izzi Creo
Ellen Burstyn
as Dr. Lillian Guzetti
Mark Margolis
as Father Avila
Stephen McHattie
as Grand Inquisitor Sil...
Cliff Curtis
as Captain Ariel
Lorne Brass
as Dr. Alan Lipper
Anish Majumdar
as Dr. Spencer
Fernando Hernandez
as Lord of Xibalba
Abraham Aronofsky
as Lab Technician
Renee Asofsky
as Lab Technician
Janique Kearns
as Young Nurse
Boyd Banks
as Dominican Monk
Alexander Bisping
as Foot Soldier Del Tor...
Alexandre Bisping
as Foot Soldier Del Tor...
Kevin Kelsall
as Foot Soldier Rivera
Patrick Vandal
as Foot Soldier Gallean...
Patricia Dal
as Foot Soldier Gallean...
Marcello Bezina
as Foot Soldier Borjes
Jose Maria Tol Chan
as Mayan Warrior
Juan Salvador Lares
as Mayan Warrior
Guatemaya Chicua
as Mayan Warrior
Tomas Tol Nix
as Mayan Warrior
Luis Alfredo Yac Noj
as Mayan Warrior
Mateo Martin Perez
as Mayan Warrior
Santos Ajic Sapon
as Mayan Warrior
Xaijil Sicajan
as Mayan Warrior
Tomas Salvador Tol
as Mayan Warrior
as Mayan Warrior
as Donovan
Bianca Cody Murphy
as Lab Support Primate
as Lab Support Primate
as Lab Support Primate
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Critic Reviews for The Fountain

All Critics (197) | Top Critics (49)

I will concede the film is not a great success. Too many screens of blinding lights. Too many transitions for their own sake. Abrupt changes of tone.

Full Review… | September 14, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Perhaps in twenty more years or so, [The Fountain] will be recognized for the utterly gorgeous masterpiece that it is.

Full Review… | February 20, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

The enormous, and sometimes inspired, visual arc of Aronofsky's reach sadly exceeds his narrative's basic grasp.

Full Review… | November 16, 2012
Empire Magazine Australasia

Visual alchemist Darren Aronofsky's most personal work is a double helix of love and loss - death entwined with life as existence's only reliable truths. It offers a transfixing merger of biological imperatives and musings on creativity and tragedy.

Full Review… | September 24, 2010

A metaphysical muddle.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Boston Phoenix

It's difficult to recall another American film that, in pursuing a passionate and personal vision, goes so maddeningly, uproariously wrong.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Sight and Sound

Audience Reviews for The Fountain

"My God, it's full of shit!"

But seriously folks - after just one viewing - i'm just .. wow - huh?! Watching the film, I was wildly applauding Aronofsky's superballsy audacious vision while simultaneously cringing at his simplistic sentimentality.

2001 + What the Bleep Do We Know + dimestore romance + any episode of E.R. = wtf?

For what it's worth - i thought Hugh Jackman was great - perhaps the only tangible revelation of the film.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

A surgeon desperately searches for a cure for his wife's cancer while absorbing himself into the world represented by her final novel. Darren Aronofsky is nothing if not brave and once again willingly sacrifices mainstream acceptibility to realise his vision. Similar in format to 2046 in that fantasy and reality are happening in parallel on screen, The Fountain is a representation of his musings on mortality, love and loss and coming to terms with personal grief. It is a truly stunning film to look at with an appropriately beautiful score, complimented nicely by a surprisingly sensitive performance by Hugh Jackman. I'm sure some may dismiss the script as a load of pretentious claptrap, but I personally found it both visually and aurally enchanting as well as deeply moving. However you choose to look at it, The Fountain contains the kind of imagination and invention that is all too often missing from mainstream cinema and for that reason alone it is worth 90 minutes of anybody's time.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer



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The Fountain Quotes

Tomas/Tommy/Tom Creo: All these years, all these memories, there was you. You pulled me through time.
– Submitted by Natasha R (3 years ago)
Isabel/Izzi Creo: I will not die, not here, not now, never...
– Submitted by Nicholas C (4 years ago)
Tomas/Tommy/Tom Creo: Death is a disease, it's like any other. And there's a cure. A cure - and I will find it.
– Submitted by Gendrith A (4 years ago)
Tomas/Tommy/Tom Creo: There's been progress at work...
Isabel/Izzi Creo: [laughs] My conquistador! Always conquering...
– Submitted by Gendrith A (4 years ago)

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