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February 1, 2018
Per la prima volta in vita mia ho dovuto riguardare due volte lo stesso film in una sola giornata. Questo strano e metafisico film firmato Aronofsky ha semplicemente dell'incredibile, un'esperienza potente che lascia il segno. E' praticamente impossibile capirlo con una sola visione, e guardarlo almeno due volte č assolutamente indispensabile solo per poterne dare un giudizio oggettivo. Il suo inconfondibile stile visivo e narrativo coinvolge e stupisce anche con la prima confusa visione, con immagini e riprese ipnotiche. La splendida colonna sonora che accompagna la pellicola č di una bellezza indiscutibile, tragica e poetica, fa pensare anche se ascoltata senza le immagini. La storia tratta temi delicati e difficili da raccontare, temi filosofici e religiosi che in pochi si permettono di raccontare. Mi stupisco dei punteggi tiepidi riscontrati in molti siti specializzati, ma sono sicuro che non gli č stato dedicato il tempo necessario per comprenderlo fino in fondo. Per me rimane un grandissimo film, un'esperienza unica che tutti dovrebbero provare almeno una volta nella vita.
½ January 22, 2018
Overly ambitious and though in need of some fine tuning, The Fountain is still epic, engaging and and a unique take on a good idea.
January 18, 2018
I find this movie to be utterly beautiful. It's one of those films that my mind will just occasionally wander to while spacing out. Its imagery and story are very emotionally driven and non-literal so It's not the type of movie everybody can get into. To me though, it's a masterpiece.
½ December 19, 2017
Puntaje Original: 5.5

Como cuando eres un buen director pero desperdicias una hermosa estética visual en una historia simple, ridícula, y a pesar de todo puede resultar conmovedora.
November 15, 2017
The Fountain contains several Aronofsky's trademarks, but unfortunately it lacks the director's usual talent and its ambition exceeds its grasp.
November 8, 2017
One of the best movies, I've ever watched.
½ November 3, 2017
Visually interesting, a clever if somewhat confusing plot, and some raw emotions. However, it didn't all seem to gel together into a cohesive experience.
½ October 23, 2017
It is silly and downright nonsensical at times, the narrative seems incomplete and unfocused, and as a whole the film doesn't entirely succeed. But, man, I dig this film quite a bit.
½ October 6, 2017
Puntaje Original: 5.5

Como cuando eres un buen director pero desperdicias una hermosa estética visual en una historia simple, ridícula, y a pesar de todo puede resultar conmovedora.
September 20, 2017
The greatest film ever made.
August 9, 2017
The most beautiful movie ever made. The score is amazing and is arguably the best ever. For a low-budget movie the cinematography is beyond amazing. This movie has mixed reviews. I think the problem with this movie is it must be watched more than once, I personally loved it the first time however determined it was my favorite movie once I watched the second time. This movie is a must watch. Still my all-time favorite movie.
July 22, 2017
This is a great movie where you need no once bit twice or more time to see it, a masterpiece of cinema, a film with a serious scenario, actors, direction and the topic puts you to think. If you don't like to think to connect clues better no see it.
July 7, 2017
Bullshit movie...The worst movie from Hugh Jackman
½ May 30, 2017
The Fountain certainly boasts scenes of visual mastery, but unfortunately does get to be a very confusing picture at times, although it feels like something miraculous is happening on screen even if you don't fully understand it. The two leads (Weiz and Jackman) are great together and show amazing chemistry. As I stated before, this is a great looking film, and some of the best visuals are in the latter part of the film. This might be too confusing for some, but others may love it
May 28, 2017
Terminé de verla con mucho sufrir de aburrimiento. La historia la van enredando y nunca dejan en claro cuál es la trama, ni lo que busca. Las actuaciones son, por decirlo con educación, mediocres, aunque muy acordes al guión tan pobre. Gran parte de la película carece de sonidos o banda sonora. En sí aburre.
May 8, 2017
I had been in a situation where I was watching someone I love die, and I was also researching and fighting to get him a lung transplant... I was finding myself torn. My grandmother and I visited him every day in the hospital, 7 days a week, 12 hours a day minimum- and while I was there, with him, a part of my mind was beating myself up saying "You could be submitting applications to more hospitals... more surgical units in the country, in other countries, you can be researching more procedures, you aren't doing enough"... And when I was out- and spending another 5 to 6 hours filling applications, making copies of medical records, sending to places, getting rejection notifications, reading the reasons, trying to use that in the next wave of applications- all I could think was that this was time I was losing with him, and he would die alone in his room. 4 months of that and he was gone... And a week after he died, the phone rang, I answered. He was approved for the lung transplant and they wanted to move on it immediately. "You're too late, he's dead" click. Years later- I was crashing at a friend's home, and I woke up to the very beginning of this movie. I had never heard of it, I knew nothing about it... and I'm glad because I might have went into it with preconceived notions... I was taken and I was immediately in love with it, I connected with it on so many levels- and I saw it differently than what you put in your video at that point in time. It became one of my top 5 favorite movies- I had no idea how badly it was treated then. And what I found- is as my own mindset changed, depending on the mood I was in. Until recently the dichotomy of "You should have spent more time with him", and "If you had spent more time submitting you would have gotten to this place faster and he would have had a chance" was one that tortured me... and in that mindset- yeah- I saw the film's meaning differently. Later- as I came to terms with things, I saw it more in the lines of what you said... And I find the mood in it will affect how I connect with the film, what it means changes based on where I am mentally and emotionally as I watch it... and I love that. I've seen it so many times, and every time I watch it, it's like I'm seeing it for the first time, with new eyes... with wonder, sometimes more pain than hope- and sometimes more hope than pain. I found out last year actually that not enough people love this movie, that not enough people have seen this movie- and while at most, for most films I may go "Oh- that's a shame", when it comes to this movie (and like, Children of Men), it outright angers me. It's brilliance and near perfection... I'm glad it didn't get made for that budget, because it's timeless and powerful the exact way it was shot. Brad Pitt is a great actor- sure, I don't want to take away from him, but many times I watch a movie he's in, my brain is going "That's Brad Pitt". In this... it wasn't like that with Jackman and Weisz. It didn't matter that I had seen stuff, while the person I lost wasn't a boyfriend or husband, I felt that pain right with him... I knew what was going on through Tommy's head, I was there- I watch that and the actors vanish- and it's so much more... no matter how it's interpreted in a viewing...?
April 29, 2017
A tour de force of baggage, dreams and vulnerability both on and off screen. This is a masterclass in art. Poetry and grace.
½ April 19, 2017
Pretenciosa, pero visualmente deslumbrante.
Super Reviewer
April 10, 2017
I'm still awaiting a Rachel Weisz flick that I enjoy. This one was too slow, artsy and ultimately boring, even though I did like the concept.
April 1, 2017
Death, life, and the ineffable relationship between the two is the theme of The Fountain, Darren Aronofsky's 2006 science fiction masterpiece (Aronofsky). Two souls, portrayed by Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz, are tangled together throughout three different time periods over the course of a millennium. Mr. Aronofsky's third feature film veers through time and space as it leaves its viewers with more questions than answers by the time it's over. Featuring the subtle yet sublime cinematography of Matthew Libatique, and long-time Aronofsky score writer Clint Mansell, the film often says more through visual and auditory composition than through dialogue. Despite its lackluster showing at the box office, The Fountain is a must-see film due to its visual imagery, its circular narrative scheme, and its breath-taking score.
Told in three separate time periods, Ms. Weisz and Mr. Jackman are bound together throughout time until they both learn to accept the reality of death. The film begins in the 16th century, wherein Queen Isabel of Spain (Weisz) has commanded her loyal conquistador and devoted love interest Tomas Verde (Jackman) to find the mythical Fountain of Youth, also referred to in the film by its Hebrew and Christian conceptualization, the Tree of Life, that lies far off in the jungles of New Spain. Transported suddenly to the early 21st century, we now see Jackman and Weisz as research neuroscientist Tom Creo and his dying wife Izzi, respectively. While Tom frantically searches to find a cure for his wife, Izzi has learned to accept her impending death from brain cancer and has even found beauty and purpose therein. In the third section of this story, and another 500 years into the future, we see a bald Hugh Jackman floating through space in a giant, translucent orb that contains a small oasis, with a looming tree at its center. We soon discover that the tree is still Isabel/Izzi in some form and that Tommy still desires to save her from oblivion. All of this only for the tree to suddenly die towards the end of this journey, and with it, Tommy's last attempt at conquering death. Just as the nebula he was sailing towards goes supernova, Tommy accepts the reality that death is necessary for the creation of life, and finally finds his own peace as well.
The themes of death and life that run throughout the film are primarily told through the film's stunning visual imagery. Even if one has no concern for the plot or its characters, The Fountain is worth seeing solely for its striking visual content. Light and shadow are masterfully used throughout the film to create memorable shots and convey the chiaroscuro nature of the cycle of life and death itself. Most remarkable are the sections of the film dealing with Tommy the space-traveler as he completes his cosmic journey towards the Xibalba nebula. We see him coming to terms with the deep patterns and flows of time and space as he, as a shadowy figure backlit solely by trembling starlight, performs tai chi as he sails through the void. Later on, we see him assuming the iconic lotus meditation position, a glowing bright white personage sitting tranquilly in the middle of the incomprehensibly luminescent exploding dead star. We see the darkness of the Inquisition compared to the brightness of the glowing white face of Queen Isabel, the darkness and light symbolizing death and life. The beauty of this film is that, even if one gets lost in the details of the various times and places portrayed, the message of the movie is still eloquently delivered without words, without concepts. The visuals of the film convey it alone. This is rarely seen in modern filmmaking, which is why this movie is a must-see.
Another reason to watch The Fountain is due to its unique, circular narrative structure. While most films follow a straight line from beginning to end, this movie ties three successive time periods into a loop of sorts, an infinite regress or circle that is endlessly self-perpetuating. As A.O. Scott puts it in his New York Times review of the film, the story follows a "swirling pattern that suggests a mandala or a Mayan calendar" (Scott). At the very end of the film, we discover that Tommy the space-traveler is the man who ultimately enables Tomas the conquistador to find the tree of life, which is what eventually becomes the active ingredient in scientist Tom Creo's medicine, which allows him to live the 500 years until we see him travelling through space as Tommy who, at the beginning of this cycle, enabled Tomas to find the tree of life. In other words, it's as if all of these events were happening at the same time, in a circle without beginning or end. Perhaps a more applicable symbol of the narrative structure is the ouroboros, the ancient Egyptian image of the serpent eating its own tail, itself an ancient symbol of the cyclicality of life and death. Just as the visual imagery of the film tells the same story as the dialogue, the narrative structure itself expounds the central themes of the plot as it unfolds.
The film's themes of life and death are told through a third medium as well, the film's score. The soundtrack to this film is at once beautiful and haunting. Written by Clint Mansell, the music is an ever-present companion that guides the viewer emotionally through the cycles of life, love, pain, and death, by repeating a similar musical motif with various changes and amplifications added each time around. Like a road wrapping around a mountain, while it repeatedly circular, it is also ascending and descending. The music swirls and swirls around until it crescendos right at the pinnacle of the film. Like the other structures of the film, the music delivers the themes of The Fountain straight to your subconscious, with not a single word spoken.
The Fountain is required viewing for any movie-lover. It masterfully tells its story through visual effects, circular narrative structure, and its stunning score. While the plot and themes of the film may seem opaque at times, these unique qualities make seeing The Fountain well worth your while, and rare among modern science fiction.
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