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The Fountain (Widescreen Edition) (Sous-titres français) [Import]

Hugh Jackman , Rachel Weisz , Darren Aronofsky    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie July 3 2007
Format:DVD
I had to write a review after seeing what's already here. The Fountain might be the best movie I've seen. It is both visually stunning and has a very powerful message. It is a cohesive film, but it takes a bit of effort to get into. I was still thinking about it for days after I saw it. If you don't like things on the abstract side, and are looking for easy entertainment, don't see this film. If you're after something a bit more cerebral and artful, give it a try, it is extremely rewarding.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To love forever April 3 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Darren Aronofsky has never made movies that were easy viewing. Examples? Just watch "Pi" and "Requiem For a Dream," and you'll see why this underrated director has made one of the most astounding sci-fi movies in ages.

"The Fountain" is basically a sprawling tale that is half "real," half outside the mind -- love, immortality, death, grief and a tangled plotline that may take a few viewings to get right, but is exquisite in its simplicity. Not satisfied with depth, Aronofsky also makes it an absolutely stunning visual experience.

Research oncologist Tommy (Hugh Jackman) is trying to find a cancer cure by animal testing, so he can save the life of his dying wife Izzie (Rachel Weisz), including an unsanctioned test from a mysterious tree. As she hopes for a cure, Izzie has been writing a book about a Spanish conquistador who is seeking the immortality-granting Tree of Life.

As we see in other flashbacks, that conquistador is a version of Tommy (and Izzy as Queen Isabella). And far in the future, Tommy still struggles with his wife's loss, as he travels to a distant nebula to revive the tree. But as he finally gives in to his wife's last wish, he becomes enmeshed in a mysterious rebirth that stretches through the ages.

"The Fountain" got a royal whupping from critics, and was even booed by test audiences, who presumably couldn't understand the three storylines -- or rather, one non-linear storyline, in which the lines between reality and imagination are blurred. Perhaps all of it is true, or perhaps Tommy's mind is creating the 1500 and 2500 scenarios to help him cope.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Torval Mork TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I take to task the various reviewers that lambaste this film due to it's non-linearity and apparently confusing storyline. Aronofsky does not make films that are easy to watch, or easy to figure out the deeper themes of for that matter. The Fountain is purely an abstract hypothesis, or rather three, that are woven together in a glorious cinematic representation that is so beautiful to watch that the need for a defined narrative takes a bow in favour of the visual splendour. If you are so inclined, you can get the general idea of what the character motivations of Jackman and Weisz are in their triptych representations. When peeled back, it's actually not that complicated - love is an engine that if you let it, will drive you to do anything for whom you bestow it upon. This theme is interwoven through three time periods, all photographed by third time Aronofsky DOP collaborator Matthew Libatique. There are enough films out there to fulfill the mainstream's insatiable desire for easily digestible, instantly forgettable, high-carb, low substance genre fare. The Fountain, on the other hand, and other films such as Michel Gondry's The Science of Sleep, Spike Jonze's Being John Malkovich, and the entire catalogue of Peter Greenaway, fulfill a vastly different mandate. These film-makers are artists painting from a different cinematic palette, whose films may work better when played on a white wall in the contemporary wing of an art gallery. A setting such as this would most likely find an audience more in tune to the non-mainstream dynamics that films such as these represent. Not to say the average cinema go-er shouldn't try to expand their horizons every now and then, it's just that The Fountain wasn't made to be an average film for the average viewer, so people should keep that in mind when they view then review it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To love forever March 11 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Darren Aronofsky has never made movies that were easy viewing. Examples? Just watch "Pi" and "Requiem For a Dream," and you'll see why this underrated director has made one of the most astounding sci-fi movies in ages.

"The Fountain" is basically a sprawling tale that is half "real," half outside the mind -- love, immortality, death, grief and a tangled plotline that may take a few viewings to get right, but is exquisite in its simplicity. Not satisfied with depth, Aronofsky also makes it an absolutely stunning visual experience.

Research oncologist Tommy (Hugh Jackman) is trying to find a cancer cure by animal testing, so he can save the life of his dying wife Izzie (Rachel Weisz), including an unsanctioned test from a mysterious tree. As she hopes for a cure, Izzie has been writing a book about a Spanish conquistador who is seeking the immortality-granting Tree of Life.

As we see in other flashbacks, that conquistador is a version of Tommy (and Izzy as Queen Isabella). And far in the future, Tommy still struggles with his wife's loss, as he travels to a distant nebula to revive the tree. But as he finally gives in to his wife's last wish, he becomes enmeshed in a mysterious rebirth that stretches through the ages.

"The Fountain" got a royal whupping from critics, and was even booed by test audiences, who presumably couldn't understand the three storylines -- or rather, one non-linear storyline, in which the lines between reality and imagination are blurred. Perhaps all of it is true, or perhaps Tommy's mind is creating the 1500 and 2500 scenarios to help him cope.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 11 days ago by K. Bogden
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and not to be missed Blu Ray film.
Some of the most beautiful art ever witnessed on film. It makes you think, and forces you to even question yourself and your own beliefs. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Brent de Smit
4.0 out of 5 stars wow
very beautiful, sensual movie, although a bit confusing, at least initially. luckily each of the stories is very beautifully told
Published 13 months ago by Nadia Steinberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Original
Histoire touchante, un peu philosophique, qui nous habite un certain temps après le visonnement. Images et musique qui soutiennent de façon efficace le récit.
Published 14 months ago by martine duval
1.0 out of 5 stars space-faring trees, plights & flights of fancy
non-chick flickers: Head scratching/scathing lunacy & headaches Ahead.

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Published on Aug. 19 2011 by JW
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving, creative, visually stunning, metaphysical look at love and...
Leave it to me to love this often trashed film even more than Aronofsky's strong
'Requiem for a Dream' . (although a solid minority of critics went for it too). Read more
Published on June 1 2011 by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving, creative, visually stunning, metaphysical look at love and...
Leave it to me to love this often trashed film even more than Aronofsky's strong
'Requiem for a Dream' . (although a solid minority of critics went for it too). Read more
Published on June 1 2011 by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Permanence vs. impermanence
"Therefore, the Lord god banished Adam and Eve and placed a flaming sword to protect The Tree of Life. Read more
Published on May 18 2008 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't judge this by the first viewing
I have to be honest the first time I watched this movie I wasn't such a big fan. I enjoyed it but I wouldn't think anything special of it at first. Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2008 by Grae
2.0 out of 5 stars 90 minutes that feel like 3 hours
Maybe I just wasn't in the right frame of mind when watching it but I thought "The Fountain" to be a tedious exercise in boredom. Read more
Published on Oct. 27 2007 by Matthew King
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