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Plot, Details & Awards

The Fountain

(2006)

Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of violent action, some sensuality and language.

PG-13 In Theaters 11/22/2006 , 95min.
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Plot & Details

Requiem for a Dream director Darren Aronofsky switches gears from drug-induced urban malaise to abstract science fiction with this time-tripping symbolic tale of a man's thousand-year quest to save the woman he loves. Moving between representational stories and images, this meditation on life and death focuses on the concept of the mythical Tree of Life that is said to bestow immortality to all who drink of its sap. In one of the film's allegorical timelines, a 16th century Spanish conquistador played by Hugh Jackman sets out to find the tree in order to save his queen (Rachel Weisz) from the Inquisition. Another conceptual story finds Jackman centuries later, struggling with mortality as a modern-day scientist desperately searching for the medical breakthrough that will save the life of his cancer-stricken wife, Izzi. The third and most abstract concept finds Jackman as a different incarnation of the same character-idea, this time questing for eternal life within the confines of a floating sphere transporting the aged Tree of Life through the depths of space. Even more avant-garde than his breakthrough film Pi, The Fountain finds Aronofsky almost completely abandoning conventional story structure in favor of something more cinematically abstract. Though the film was originally slapped with an R by the MPAA, Aronofsky and co. re-edited it to conform to a PG-13 rating.

Awards

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Score Clint Mansell Nominated

Toronto International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 Toronto International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Austin Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 Austin Film Critics Best Picture Nominated

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Score Clint Mansell Nominated

Chicago Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Original Score Clint Mansell Won
2006 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Matthew J. Libatique Nominated

Costume Guild Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 Costume Guild Awards Best Costumes in a Fantasy Film Renee April Nominated

New York Film Critics Online

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 New York Film Critics Online Best Picture Nominated

Online Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 Online Film Critics Association Best Editing Jay Rabinowitz Nominated
2006 Online Film Critics Association Best Original Score Clint Mansell Won
2006 Online Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Matthew J. Libatique Nominated

Satellite Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 Satellite Awards Best Visual Effects Dan Schrecker Nominated
2006 Satellite Awards Best Cinematography Matthew J. Libatique Nominated
2006 Satellite Awards Best Visual Effects Jeremy Dawson Nominated

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