The Fountain

The Fountain is a 2006 American epic romantic drama film written and directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz. Blending elements of fantasy, history, spirituality, and science fiction, the film consists of three storylines involving immortality and the resulting loves lost, and one man's pursuit of avoiding this fate in this life or beyond it. Jackman and Weisz play sets of characters bonded by love across time and space: a conquistador and his ill-fated queen, a modern-day scientist and his cancer-stricken wife, and a traveler immersed in a universal journey alongside aspects of his lost love. The storylines—interwoven with use of match cuts and recurring visual motifs—reflect the themes and interplay of love and mortality.

The Fountain
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDarren Aronofsky
Screenplay byDarren Aronofsky
Story by
Produced by
Starring
CinematographyMatthew Libatique
Edited byJay Rabinowitz
Music byClint Mansell
Production
companies
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures[i]
Release date
  • November 22, 2006 (2006-11-22)
Running time
96 minutes[3]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$35 million[4]
Box office$16 million[4]

Aronofsky originally planned to direct The Fountain on a $70 million budget with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett in the lead roles, but Pitt's withdrawal and cost overruns led Warner Bros. to shut down his production. Aronofsky rewrote the script to be sparser, and was able to resurrect the film with a $35 million budget with Jackman and Weisz in the lead roles. Principal photography began from November 2004 to February 2005,[5] and mainly took place on a sound stage in Montreal, Quebec. Aronofsky used macro photography to create key visual effects for The Fountain at a low cost.

The film was released theatrically in the United States and Canada on November 22, 2006. It grossed $10,144,010 in the United States and Canada and $5,761,344 in other territories for a worldwide total of $15,978,422. Critics' reactions to the film were divided, but it has gained a cult following since its release.[6][7][8]


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