(Updated 1st December 2006)
This is the evolving page for The Fountain, a film directed and co-written by Darren Aronofsky. The idea is for this page to eventually have an FAQ, links, and other information about this stunning and unusual film.
The film itself was 4 years in the making, and with a buzz that's followed it the whole time. Aronofsky tells a classic tale of fated lovers (played by Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz) but set against the unusual backdrop of hundreds of years in time. Clint Mansell delivers a beautiful soundtrack that does a perfect job of mirroring some of the exquisite visuals.
Fortunately I've already had a chance to see The Fountain, at São Paulo's 30th International Film Festival. For me it is a fantastic film, and I'm glad to see Aronofsky still pushing the boundaries.
Follow this link to the FAQ page, which is a compilation of questions and answers mostly received from my competition (see below).
Back around the US release of The Fountain I was asked by Warner Bros. if I would run a competition for the film, with the prize of 3 posters for 3 winners (for USA and Canada residents). I set questions as follows:
1. A question and answer that can be used in the FAQ.
2. A piece of fan art that can be used here on the site.
3. A piece of fan fiction related to the film.
The winners were Annie, Pokerstar, and Shadow. Pokerstar and Shadow sent questions and answers for the FAQ, and Annie submitted a drawing which you can view below.
Available to Buy
Although the film itself is of course not going to be available on DVD for a few months, you can already buy the soundtrack written by Clint Mansell, and a graphic novel written by Darren Aronofsky, and illustrated by Kent Williams.
The soundtrack is another beautiful score from Clint Mansell, with a haunting theme that repeats throughout in various forms, from solo piano, to strings, to a full on rock version. Performed by the Kronos Quartet and Mogwai.
The graphic novel follows a similar story to the film, but predates its production. The novel was produced to ensure the story came out in some form when it seemed the film version was stalled forever. Although of course the film was eventually produced.
Here are some links to sites about The Fountain:
Warner Bros's official page.
The Internet Movie Database's (IMDB's) page about the film.
The Fountain Remixed - win prizes by remixing video and audio from the film.
NoneSuch Records - with samples from the soundtrack by Clint Mansell.
New York Times article about artwork inspired by the film.
Wired Magazine's article "The Outsider" about the film.
The Fountain Blogspot - a personal blog tribute to the film.
Interview with Darren Aronofsky at CHUD.com.
Interview with Darren Aronofsky at the film's Hollywood premier, by Rebecca Murray.
Article on The Fountain by Sara Schieron at Greencine.com.
Followup article on The Fountain by by Sara Schieron at Greencine.com.
Nowtoronto.com article about the film, including interview with Darren Aronofsky.
Examiner.com short article about the film.
The Scientist.com and an interview with Ari Handel, co-writer of the film.
The Star Online Interview with Darren Aronofsky about him not minding divided audiences (by Mark Caro).
Film Spotting.net An article on ambitious films.
Cinema Blend An article looking at explanations of the film (by Josh Tyler).
GMToday.com An article about the film's possible growth over time (by Steven Snyder).
The Daily Californian An interview with Darren Aronofsky.
Rotten Tomatoes Feature page that has video interviews with Darren Aronofsky, Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz.
Moviehole An interview with Darren Aronofsky (by Paul Fischer).
Hollywood Bitchslap.com Interview with Darren Aronofsky (by Peter Sobczynski).
New York Movies "Pi in the Sky", an article about the film (by Micahel Idov).
The Wave Magazine Interview with Rachel Weisz (by Fred Topel).
Dailynews.com'The Fountain' an eye-catching mind trip (By Bob Strauss, Film Critic). 2.5 out of 5.
BostonHerald.com Mystical plots flow from ‘The Fountain’ (By James Verniere,
Boston Herald Film Critic) Scored a B-.
SouthFlorida.com Fountain spews lovely, stylized sci-fi silliness...'Fountain' is polluted by pretentiousness (By Christy Lemire, Associated Press). Scored 1.5 out of 4.
Seattle Times "The Fountain": Beautiful, imaginative, sometimes mystifying (by Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times Movie Critic). Scored 3 stars.
MTV.com In his dazzling new movie, "The Fountain," director Darren Aronofsky reaches deep into the historical past and far out into the future to tell a story of endless love and its struggle against the constraints of human mortality (by Kurt Loder).
DVDTalk.com The point is how it makes you feel. It's less a narrative than a tone poem, designed to envelop you in its emotions rather than tell you a story (by Eric D Snider). Scored 3.5 out of 5.
TheHawaiiChannel.com 'The Fountain' Riveting Film Experience (by Steven Snyder). Scored 4 out of 4.
Gormanfilms.com Stop listening my ranting and go seeing the damned movie already. Scored 4 out of 4.
Time.com I Admit It: I Liked The Fountain (by Richrad Corliss).
FilmSchoolRejects.com I like this movie. Stunning to watch and it does have intelligence behind it. It will take awhile to digest, for good or bad (by Chris Beaumont). Scored B+.
Premiere.com The Fountain is Aronofsky’s profession of faith concerning love’s place in the idea of eternity. It’s a movie that’s as deeply felt as it is imagined (by Glenn Kenny). Scored 4.
Arizona Reporter The movie looks as though it took years to make, and darned if it didn’t, but after its budget was wisely cut by 55%, we wonder: if life is very short and there’s no time for fussin’ and fightin’, why do these 96 minutes seem so long? (by Harvey Karten) Scored C.
Hollywood.com Combining a heart-wrenching love story with metaphysics, the Fountain of Youth, time travel, modern science and any number of other strange elements may seem odd, but somehow eclectic director Darren Aronofsky makes The Fountain work. In a really weird way (by Kit Bowen). Scored 2.5 out of 4.
Aintitcool.com This is one of the monumental films of the year. I just have a very concise take on the material. I could argue points of view and alternative takes on the film for days, and I have. This film is Aronofsky’s very best film to date, and to date he has been brilliant (by Harry Knowles).
It's a confusing film despite memorable images (by Michael Booth). Scored 2.
The Philadelphia Enquirer Time-shifting mess times three (by Steven Rea). Scored 1 out of 4.
The Capital Times 'Fountain' bubbles with exhilaration (by Rob Thomas). Scored 3.5 out of 4.
Deseret Morning News Sci-fi attempt 'Fountain' is obtuse (by Jeff Vice).
The BG News Only big fans of Aronofsky and his work should waste their time with it (by Joe Cunningham). Scored an F.
BangorDailyNews.com 'The Fountain,' is high-concept, metaphysical trash (by Chris Smith). Scored a D.
The Guardian "The Fountain" has all the ingredients of a potential classic: an award-winning cast, stunning visual effects and an acclaimed director. Perhaps that is what makes the film's unexpected downfall so vastly disappointing (by Quynh Nhu Nguyen).
The Northern Iowan "The Fountain," more befuddling than enlightening (by James Frazier). Scored 2.5 out of 5.
The Strand The Fountain is scientific, romantic and more.
Slate.com Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain (Warner Bros.) is, by any standard, a grand folly of a movie (by Dana Stevens).
The Badger Herald ‘Fountain’ dives deep, lands shallow (by Will Buckingham). Scored 2 out of 5.
Red and Black.com The Fountain creates confusion on love and life (by Shaina Mangino).
Silver Chips Online "The Fountain" without leaks (by Alexis Egan).
Eastern Echo Aronofsky's 'Fountain' flops at Box office (by Craig Jones).
The New Yorker When it premièred, at the Venice Film Festival, there were both raves and snorts; for all those viewers who found it preposterous, there were others who melted before this lushly imagined trip. Did it not occur to anyone that both sides could be right? (by Anthony Lane)
The Cornell Daily Sun The Fountain offers a powerful visual experience, but those with little patience for unconventional narratives may find themselves frustrated with the film. If you’re only going to see one film exploring death and rebirth this season, I would recommend spending your $8 on Casino Royale instead (by OBrien).
The Chattanooga Pulse Dude. Like, Where's the Script? (by Jeremy Osgood)
Jewish Light.com If you like visual filmmaking and are willing to just relax and enjoy the ride, The Fountain is a cinematic trip worth taking (by Cate Marquis).
The Gateway The Fountain: Cotton candy for the mind (by Charley Reed). Scored a C-.
The Observer Aronofsky's 'Fountain' thrills, confuses viewers (by Marty Schroeder).
The Post-Standard The Fountain is a jumbled, confusing mess (by Joan E Vadeboncoeur).
The Spartan Daily.com Aronofsky brings characters to life in 'The Fountain' (by Yvonne Pingue). Scored 3 out of 5.
Niagara Falls Reporter "The Fountain" is a niche film and I hope it finds its niche. There is an audience for this kind of fantasy. Visually, the movie looks good, although the space-travel thing is a tad too light-show-at-a-rock-concert. Jackman proves he is one of our most relaxed and interesting actors. And Aronofsky definitely gets credit for trying (by Michael Calleri).
AV Club Viewers not attuned to his heartfelt, bombastic Richard Wagner-by-way-of-2001: A Space Odyssey lyricism might be better off looking elsewhere. But they'll never see anything else quite like it (by Keith Phipps). Scored a B+.
The Billings Outpost Fountain’ easy to admire, not nearly so easy to like (by Christopher Abel).
Stater Online 'The Fountain': an overflow of effects and storytelling. 'Requiem' director creates stunning film (by Ally Melling).
The Exponent Online Aronofsky's 'Fountain' overflows with ideas, leaves viewers awestruck (by Nathan Mertes).
New York Press It’s all questions, no answers in Aronofsky’s latest (by Eric Kohn).