The Fountain

The Fountain

Darren Aronofsky (2005)

12A Certificate


Our Score
You wait years for a film about ancient Mayans and then, like proverbial buses, two movies come along at once. Like Mel Gibson's Apocalypto, The Fountain is one of the most original and extraordinary films of recent times - though a story that features not only ancient Mayans but also a bald man living on a little planet inside a snow globe with just a tree for company is bound to attract accusations of pretentiousness as well as claims of genius. This third feature from director Darren Aronofsky (Pi, Requiem for a Dream) stars Hugh Jackman as a man on a thousand-year odyssey to save his beloved (Rachel Weisz, in multiple roles). In the 16th century, Jackman plays a conquistador searching for the fountain of youth in the Mayan Empire in order to save the Spanish queen from destruction. In modern-day America, Jackman seeks a cure for the cancer that's killing his wife, and in the 26th century he sits like Buddha beneath his cosmic tree, trying to figure out what it all means. Some of the audience may be doing the same, but those who stick with the movie will be rewarded with a profoundly rich experience about the meaning of life, death, love and immortality. The performances and music brilliantly complement Aronofsky's philosophical musings in one of the most haunting, perplexing and visually stunning films since Stanley Kubrick's 2001: a Space Odyssey.


A scientist strives to find a cure for his dying wife's illness, while in the 16th-century a conquistador battles to locate the fountain of youth for his queen and in the far future, an explorer searches for eternal life in the depths of space. Darren Aronofsky's romantic sci-fi drama, starring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz in multiple roles, alongside Ellen Burstyn and Mark Margolis.

Cast & Crew

Tomas / Tommy / Dr Tom Creo Hugh Jackman
Queen Isabel / Izzi Creo Rachel Weisz
Dr Lillian Guzetti Ellen Burstyn
Father Avila Mark Margolis
Grand Inquisitor Silecio Stephen McHattie
Lord of Xibalba Fernando Hernandez
Captain Ariel Cliff Curtis
Betty Donna Murphy
Antonio Sean Patrick Thomas
Manny Ethan Suplee
Director Darren Aronofsky
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Violence and swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 26 Jan 2007