See also: Fountain
SynopsisThe Fountain is an odyssey on the thousand-year-old combat of a man to save the woman whom he loves.
The film reports three interlaced accounts which proceed within the framework of the Spain of the Conquistadores, the present and a voyage in a future distance.
; The scientist
The researcher in Cancérologie Tommy Creo (Hugh Jackman) tries to find the means of curing the cancer of the brain thanks to experiments on monkeys rhesus. Its work is justified by the disease of his wife, Izzi (Rachel Weisz), it even reached Cancer. After the failure of the tests carried out on a monkey named Donovan, Tommy finds the inspiration and takes the risk to use a compound not tested coming from a tree of the Guatemala. First of all, the treatment does not stop the evolution of the Tumeur but involves however the renovation of the monkey, looks after its wounds and improves its cognitive capacities.
Of return to him, Izzy shows in Tommy a Nébuleuse gilded, it describing to him like Xibalba, it beyond the Mayas. It shows him as the book as it is writing, being held at the time of the conquistadores and entitled " The Fountain". When she calms down, Tommy reads the book and calms down in its turn. When it awakes, it realizes that Izzi went to the Musée. It finds it over there and she explains to him the history of the creation according to the Mayas. She disappears suddenly and is brought to the Hôpital. She tells in Tommy, which is with its Chevet, that she does not fear more the Mort. However Tommy cannot accept it, it still turns over to its Laboratoire, working more hard for finding a Remède.
During a visit Izzi makes an cardiac arrest and Tommy is forced to leave the room. Lillian Guzetti (Ellen Burstyn), the partner of Tommy, finds it in the hall and teaches him that the tumor of Donovan regresses. Tommy runs then in the room of Izzi to find his wife deceased. With the funeral of Izzi, Tommy called to Lillian: " Death is a disease, like any other. And there is a remedy. And I it trouverais."
; The conquistador
At the 16th century, Large Inquisiteur Silecio (Stephen McHattie) diabolise the queen of Spain, Isabelle (Rachel Weisz). It slowly annexes territories with an aim of charming the control of Spain to him and carries out its partisans. Divided into volumes (Hugh Jackman), a conquistador with the service of the queen, tries to assassinate the inquisitor but is made stop by a subordinate, the captain Ariel (Cliff Curtis), who carries an urgent message of the queen. Of return at Isabelle, Tomas is seen giving the mission of finding l'" Tree of Life " such as it is described in the Bible. The localization of the tree is indicated on a chart hidden on a Dague Maya stolen by the Father Avila (Mark Margolis), pertaining to the order of the Franciscain faithful to the queen.
Divided into volumes voyage towards the new world with the Avila Father and his companions conquistadores to discover the tree. As research does not succeed, and that deaths multiply, the surviving men mutinent themselves. Divided into volumes restores the order by killing the Ariel captain and other mutineers and Avila reveals to them that they arrived at destination before pushing his last sigh. While Divided into volumes approach of the Pyramide in top of which the tree pushes, the Maya warriors tighten a Piège with the conquistadores. The last two companions of Divided into volumes are killed while they try to flee. It is found disarmed and forced by the warriors to assemble the steps of the pyramid following the Maya Prêtre. When it arrives in top, Tomas is plugged and wounded with the Abdomen by the priest.
; The spationaut
The spationaut, Tom (Hugh Jackman), voyage towards a nebula gilded in a spherical vessel which also accommodates an alive tree. Tom contemplates in Padmasana and practical the Tai-chi-chuan, but is haunted by the visions of Izzi. He speaks with the tree and ensures to him that he will live again on their arrival with nebula. In spite of that the tree dies. Izzi haunts Tom in a vision and encourages it to finish writing its book, " The Fountain". Tom faces his fear of died and agrees to die, which enables him to write the end of the book.
Instead of killing Divided into volumes, the priest recognizes in him the Original Father, the divinity who sacrificed herself to create the world. The priest then presents him even in sacrifice and Tomas slices the throat to him. The conquistador finds then the tree of life and the sap extracts some to apply it to its wound. Seeing the looked after wound, he drinks the sap greedily. Bouquets of flower leave its body then, recovering it under the tree. Tom of the future is then shown busy in the heart of nebula, in peace with the idea of his nearest death, while the star explodes and that the tree flowers again. Tommy of the present is finally shown planting a seed of tree on the tomb of Izzi.
AnecdotesThe Fountain could not have been born: following its two great successes pi and Requiem for has dream , Darren Aronofsky had envisaged to make this film with Cate Blanchett and Brad Pitt during 2002. This last however left turning to join that of Troy , obliging the realizer to give up his film. This one, eager to transmit nevertheless its history to the public, turned to the illustrator and draftsman Kent Williams, entrusting his scenario to him and charging it making comics with it. In parallel, taking again its project with zero and considering a budget lower than what was envisaged at the beginning, Darren Aronofsky succeeds in convincing Hugh Jackman to take again the vacant role left by the departure of Brad Pitt and leaving its film at the end of 2006. However, allured by the work carried out by Kent Williams, it wished to let the cartoon leave in bookstore to touch another public and to give another glance on a history which was due to him enormously in heart, as it explains it in the postface of the comics, left to France in spring 2006.
Clint Mansell, the type-setter of two preceding films of Aronofsky, pi and Requiem for has Dream , taken again its role of type-setter for The Fountain . The Kronos Four-bit byte, which had also taken part in the original soundtrack of Requiem for has Dream , and groups it Scottish Post-rock'n'roll Mogwai also contributed to the original soundtrack of film. Darren Aronofsky hoped that David Bowie, of which the song " Space Oddity " have a great influence on the futuristic part of film, would have recorded a song for film while he briefly worked with Clint Mansell during the production. Its hope was to work again and make sing by Bowie of the parts of the original soundtrack, however that was not carried out. Mansell then sought sonorities which could bind together the three periods of film. Its wish was to create an organic feeling and he thought of adding orchestral and electronic elements. The music was carried out in same time as the production of film, and not during the post-production. Mansell created an environment which flowers while the film progresses.
The writing of the music of The Fountain was spread out over five to six years. Initially, the type-setter wished to use only percussions when the film was still supposed to have a epic scale. Mansell, lack formation for the classical music, collaborated with an assistant for the creation of the music. They rebuilt the initial pieces together and rejouèrent them so that the melodies can follow the progression of film harmoniously. The title " Together We Will Live Forever" was an electronic piece created by Mansell to accompany the scenes where the hero reminds his past. The singer Antony Hegarty was called to create a vocal piece starting from " Together We Will Live Forever" for the music of end, but the realizer decided that a sung piece would not be adapted for the end of film. The title in the place was rejoué with the pianist Randy Kerber.
Clint Mansell was named in 2006 with the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score for The Fountain but lost with the profit of Alexandre Desplat for the Veil of the illusions ( The Painted Veil ). Mansell was also named the same year with the BFCA Critic' S Choice Award for Best Composer, but also lost vis-a-vis Philip Glass for The Illusionist . Lastly, Mansell gained, always in 2006, the reward of Chicago Film Critics Association for the best original soundtrack.
Hugh Jackman : Divided into volumes, Tommy, Tom Creo
- Rachel Weisz: Isabelle, Izzi Creo
- Ellen Burstyn: Dr. Lillian Guzetti
- Mark Margolis: Father Avila
- Stephen McHattie: Large Inquisiteur Silecio
- Fernando Hernandez: Lord of Xibalba
- Cliff Curtis: Captain Ariel
- Sean Patrick Thomas: Antonio
- Gave Murphy: Betty
- Ethan Compensates: Manny
- Richard McMillan: Henry
- Lorne Arm: Dr. Alan Lipper
- Abraham Aronofsky: Technician of laboratory
- Renee Asofsky: Technician of laboratory
- Anish Majumdar: Dr. Spencer
- Janique Kearns: Young nurse
- Boyd Banks: Dominican monk
- Alexander Bisping: Soldier Del Toro
- Kevin Kelsall: Soldier Will rivet
- Patrick Vandal: Soldier Galleano
- Marcello Bezina: Soldier Borjes
- Eric Carmelo Valenzuela Batz: Maya warrior
- Elfego Vinicio Pena Castellanos: Maya warrior
- Jose Maria Tol Chan: Maya warrior
- Jose Panjoj Cortez: Maya warrior
- Juan El Salvador Lares: Maya warrior
- Jose Alfredo Conoz Macario: Maya warrior
- Divided into volumes Tol Nix: Maya warrior
- Shine Alfredo Yac Noj: Maya warrior
- Edson Vasquez Pixabaj: Maya warrior
- Marvin Leonardo Raxtun Raxton: Maya warrior
- Divided into volumes Sacquic Morals: Maya warrior
- Santos Ajic Sapon: Maya warrior
- Xaijil Sicajan: Maya warrior
- Manual Antonio El Salvador Tol: Maya warrior
- Divided into volumes Augustin Canil Ventura: Maya warrior
- Carlos Enrique Ramos Xalcut: Maya warrior
- Octavio Guadelupe Zambala Xitamul: Maya warrior
- Yola: Donovan
- Cody : Primate of laboratory
- Diget: Primate of laboratory
- Granny: Primate of laboratory
- Jimmy: Primate of laboratory