I've been putting off posting a scene fromThe Fountain since we began this little feature, partly because it seems a shame to reduce this my love for this film to a single scene. It's one of the rare movies that was an instant favorite when the credits rolled, and remains one of the most powerful experiences I've enjoyed in a multiplex. I was shocked when so many people didn't feel the same way -- and I have to say that one of the best things about joining Cinematical is discovering that so many do love it as much as I do, and that it didn't just disappear off the face of the earth in 2006.

But if I have to pick just one, it would definitely be this -- the moment Tom finally understands everything. What else is there to say about it? It's beautifully acted, beautifully shot, and the music is just beyond perfect. It's a little heavy for midweek viewing, but it may just be the dose of philosophy you need to get through the rest of your day.

A little trivia, courtesy of IMDB:

  • Warner Bros refused to do a Director's Commentary for the DVD release, so Darren Aronofsky recorded one in his living room, and released it on his web site.
  • Instead of using CGI, Aronofsky chose to do the special effects for the film by using micro-photography of chemical reactions on tiny petri dishes. He has said that CGI would take away from the timelessness of the film and that he wants the film to stand the test of time.

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