The Fountain (2006) – Movies with Mikey

The Fountain is a 2006 film from Darren Aronofsky
– oh, we’re doing this again? Okay. It’s difficult to classify this movie because unlike,
uh, d- God. That’s annoying. It’s difficult to classify because unlike … Blarren Scaronofsky’s
other films, it isn’t spelled out quite so clearly. And by clearly spelled out, I
mean the lead character’s life essentially ends by actual death, or fate just as bad
as. I mean, let’s run ‘em down. Pi – Max is too smart and he can’t cope
so he … he puts a drill through his fuckin’ brain.
Requiem for a Dream – Tyrone goes to Jail. Harry loses his arm. Sara’s brain is like
completely destroyed and she’s committed. And Marion … I don’t wanna talk about
because Keith David’s a bad dude. The Wrestler and Black Swan – I can these
films tackle at the same time because they are ostensibly the same movie because you
have a person obsessed with their particular craft so deeply that they are willing to die
for the art of the performance. I mean, they literally die for their audience because even
despite the familial connections they leave behind, they value the entertainment of others,
over life. And Noah – wait, what the shit. He did Noah?
I didn’t even watch that whole movie. Like, I was watching it and then … I wasn’t
watching it. Cuz it’s … not good. Who did you make this movie for? It wasn’t Christians.
Cuz … you added these weird fuckin’ rock people for … some reason.
I mostly aim to point out that Karen Marinofsky doesn’t really aim to tell stories that
would be considered by most to be uplifting. One might say, he creates beautiful films
that take a nakedly bleak look at the inner truths of humanity.
Like Taco Bell. When The Fountain came out, it was not met
with great reviews. And like most films, I’m not sure the critics really got it. They’ll
tell you they did, but between you and me, they didn’t get it.
Roger Ebert at least understood that the film isn’t three random stories pasted together,
but actually a single story, told in the present day. Though, he still kinda missed why this
was happening. It’s just story about a man desperately
trying to find a way to cure his wife’s cancer. Izzi, a novelist, is writing a book
and that book is represented as the fantastical historical timeline. Her husband, who agrees
before he dies to write the last chapter, represents the future timeline. Their actual
story, the present timeline, infiltrates the future timeline because the memory of Izzi
haunts Tommy and every step he takes on his “journey.” Or more poetically, every step
he takes on her journey after she died. And they are, for all intents and purposes,
a past and future timeline because Izzi has already written the majority of her book in
the present timeline, and Tommy has yet to write the rest in the future timeline. So
yes, in the most literal sense, they are a past, present and future timeline. And the
same actors play the characters in all timelines because it’s a metaphor.
Can we stop arguing about this movie now because it’s not that complicated. Okay goodbye.
I love the fake credits joke. I’m never gonna stop doing it.
I think this movie is so clever. To me, it’s easily Aronofsky’s best and I’m a little
sad about it because after the six-year ordeal it took him to make this movie, upon release
it was savagely ripped apart by critics. It’s only at 51% on Rotten Tomatoes because people
went back and reviewed it later. Ebert’s review was written ten months after the film
came out, being one of the only reviews that I can find to explain that the three storylines
aren’t actually meant to fit together literally. But even he didn’t understand that they
aren’t to be taken as interweaving contiguous stories. And I can’t find a single review
that even touches on the fact that the past storyline represents Izzi’s mindset leading
up to the moment of her death, writing a book as an acceptance of her own mortality. I mean,
the main character in the story is searching for the tree of life and ends up becoming
a tree because she was accepting what was going to happen to her. That it is set during
the Spanish Inquisition is her rejecting of the religion almost surely bombarded her from
every direction. And then the future timeline is simply Tommy’s
mindset as he writes a book about the acceptance of her death after it has already occurred
in the present timeline, and it’s a pretty simple metaphor of a dude bringing a dying
tree across space because Izzi’s book was about her dying and turning into a tree so
he now he’s just trying to save the tree. We can tell that Hugh Jackman is playing both
characters, Izzi’s and his own, because he talks to the tree as if its her, and we’ve
already seen that conquistajackman dies and becomes the tree. Izzi becomes the tree, he
travels across space to save it. That’s remarkably sad, poignant, and beautiful.
Oh, but it was Hugh Jackman who turned into the tree because it’s not literal enough
even though she was writing the book from the hero’s perspective and just happened
to be played by her husband. Fuck it HALF A STAR
Christ reading what people think about this movie makes me want to punch a hole in a sea
otter. The story behind this film is equally interesting.
Originally envisioned as a 70+ million dollar epic starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett,
hey remember when Brad Pitt had that huge beard? Yeah, that was for this movie. Which
he never shot. The budget was eventually chopped down to 35 million and recast with Hugh Jackman
and Rachel Weiss, and I think in parts you can tell.
No critics understood this movie because they’re paid to see anywhere from 1 to 3 movies a
week and somehow, write a kneejerk review about them, usually at face value with no
time for the films to set in. And that’s why sometimes great films get bad reviews.
Cuz you gotta take enough time for a coke and smile and think about that shit. And I’m
not saying that any of these critics aren’t intelligent. Ebert could’ve buried me with
just the thoughts he forgot about film, but it’s movies like this that require contemplative
thought, possibly watching a film a few times to really soak in the years spent crafting
that particular piece of art. Darr—oh, for fuck’s sake. Don’t you
do it again. Don’t you do it. I’m gonna say his name. I’m gonna do it. Darren Aron
.. ofsky—you mother fucker. You know what was nominated for Best Picture
that year? Ahem The Departed, Babel, Letters from Iwo Jima,
Little Miss Sunshine, and The Queen—I had to look up what The Queen was cuz I didn’t
remember, but other than that, I like all those movies. But they’re not as good as
this one. I think if you put the first three together, you might be close. Like a Departed
Letters from Babel…jima. That’s … not gonna work
But let’s talk about the real Academy travesty here, Best. Original. Score.
Outside of the fact, that the Academy didn’t even nominate it that year. And the fact that
the Golden Globes did, but gave the award to The Painted Veil, not only is this the
greatest film score of 2006, I think you could make a case that this is one of the greatest
film scores of all time. Yeah, I said it and it’s certainly one of
my favorites. What’s so important to look at with a film score, outside of it’s composition,
is how it’s designed and layered into the film. You will simply never find a more nuanced,
layered, and impactful use of sound in a movie. In a film almost entirely about death, one
lonely cello, travel to finds the tree of life, while one lonely piano travels across
the entire universe to save it. And much of the film is spent layering instruments on
top of them, the film begins with a cello and ends with a piano. It begins with Izzi
and it ends with Tommy. As a thought exercise, I tried to think of
a film that was this misunderstood and I’m having trouble thinking of anything close.
I mean, I can think of a lot of movies that are this polarizing for people. And a lot
of times it just comes down to perspective. A lot of people hate Signs because they like
to thoughtlessly regurgitate some angry rants on the internet about how the aliens didn’t
know that the earth was 70% water when they chose to invade and I counter that they did
fuckin’ know but through catastrophic circumstances, were simply desperate enough to try it—and
FURTHER, and this is why I love the film. Signs is the story of a priest who lost his
faith in God and it is only restored by an invasion of extra terrestrials. A man regains
his faith in god, because aliens. BWAH BWAH BWAH
But whereas Signs was the last time that Shyamalan was palatable, The Fountain was a 6-year endeavor
for Aronofsky and honestly, he dumbed down his films after it failed to connect with
an audience. The Wrestler is a great movie, but he didn’t write it. He also didn’t
write Black Swan—and they’re both films that are painstakingly constructed so an audience
is not trusted to interpret them at anything other than face value. The Wrestler is a fly-on-the-wall
look at a man obsessed with regaining his former glory, despite knowing that his body
is incapable of sustaining it. I mean, you cast Mickey Rourke, you ain’t exactly going
for nuance. And Black Swan aims to give us perspective on the mental trauma that being
the best in your field at something is pressure that can absolutely destroy you. So he basically
just made a horror movie that paints a visual of what’s happening inside of Nina’s head
at all times. And again, they’re both absolutely fantastic films, but Aronofsky left practically
zero room for interpretation because I’m not sure he trusts the audience or the industry
to put a puzzle together if he’s not there guiding their hand over every piece … and
I can’t say I blame him. And maybe that’s the ultimate truth of the
movie. Maybe sometimes people don’t understand what we’re going for. The fountain gives
us a window into Tom and Izzi’s minds, through of the lens of the stories they’re writing.
Izzi never has to tell us that she’s religious and believes in a God, because her writing
does. Genesis 3:24 “After he drove the man out, he placed on
the east side of the Garden of Eden a cherub and a flaming sword flashing back and forth
to guard the way to the tree of life.” And this is the story she chose to tell, even
if she rejects the religion that surrounds it.
I cannot stress how brilliant this film is. We see an impossible situation, a man watching
his wife slowly die in front of him. We are not told their thoughts, we are merely shown
the stories they write and we must discern their mindset by extrapolating from them.
Izzi’s story is ultimately about the inevitability of death, that those seek the tree of life,
or in other words, the fountain of youth, will find immortality, but that immortality
is inevitable whether you seek it or not because once we become one with the ground, we are
immortal. The tree only accelerates the journey back to the ground from which we came. Ashes
to ashes. Dust to dust. And Tommy’s story is one of hope told after
he’s already lost his. That if her story was about the lies the tree of life has told
us, Tommy still attempts to save it anyway. It is no coincidence that Izzi imagines death
by being one with the ground and Tom imagines death as being one with the heavens because
her story is the acceptance of death and his story is attempting to transcend it.
And they’re both right and they both succeed. Izzi accepts her death but their stories transcend
it. Even if it is inevitable, that someday every single one of us will die, some sooner
than others, the only true immortality is the stories we tell each other. Because our
best stories will live forever. And The Fountain is one of our best stories
and if we remember it, together, we will live forever.

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100 thoughts on “The Fountain (2006) – Movies with Mikey

  1. Fun fact: Lethal Weapon did a similar character-driven music thing. Danny Glover is a saxophone and Mel Gibson is Clapton’s guitar. At the beginning of the movie they’re totally separate then start harmonizing when the dudes start co-operating.

  2. Finally! Someone who gives the credits this movie deserves and dignifies it! Yes. Thank you!

  3. I watched The Fountain on a little laptop screen and it was still an incredible experience for me: visually stunning and emotionally moving. My sister and I spent a long time talking about it afterwards.

  4. I remember the moment when I was 10 and I realized why God had to hide the Tree of Life. I remember thinking that if humans found it we would stick a knife in it and kill everyone. That's why I love this movie

  5. Mikey I am so happy you reviewed this movie, it is bar none my favourite and most tenderly loved film. Everyone seems to develop a different narrative framework for it, and I like yours very much. My own understanding would differ a little in that I do believe it is a story about both of them, an elemental tale of lovers told in triplicate. I never felt it mattered which was the "real" timeline because they were all happening at the same time, metaphysically — Tommy was the conquistador, and the doctor, and the monk, all striving in parallel. If there was one way the three stories compound, it would be that in the first neither of the lovers want to die and are fighting against it. But Izzy catches on a little quicker, and it takes Tommy a few tries to figure out what she has;P I'm SO glad you mention the score, which is a sorrowful lullaby of cosmic, religious proportions. I can't even listen to it, any track, it just devastates my entire week, good luck folding laundry without weeping after Zimmer has his way with you. The cinematic were another facet well worth an Oscar honour, and the story behind the making of the stars and nebulae is fascinating unto itself. I actually loved Mother! and would love to see your take on it:D Watching it I kept feeling it had, point for point, been custom made for ME, all the while understanding how it was imminently hatable. Thanks again Mikey, I adore the Fountain and I adore you!!

  6. This is truly one of my all time favorite films and yes, much like A.I. and Gattaca – it is woefully misunderstood.

  7. Mikey, you're amazing and i hope you get to live forever in a space bubble with your favorite tree.

  8. I love this movie and it was one of my favorites for a long time. I need to rewatch it since it's been about 10 years since I last watched it, but it is a bit hard since I know I will cry rivers with it lol. Still, I'm glad to see someone talking positively about this movie. I'm not really a fan of Aronofsky but this is the one movie of his that I truly love, and as always your analysis is on point.

  9. I saw this on a third / fourth date with my now long-term partner. We saw Children of Men in the same period… let's just say I was never allowed to pick a movie again!
    (I loved both those films, but they're not courting / date movies)

  10. Thank you, thank you, thank you, sir! I have two films in my top top top tier and this is one of the 2.

  11. Watching this a while late, but just a quick thing: if I rememebr correctly, THE FOUNTAIN was one of those movies which was released while Roger Ebert was undergoing extensive cancer treatment. His writing late about it was him working through a backlog of films he missed during that quite long and awful period. It still impresses me that he even tried to do that. RIP, Mr. Ebert.

  12. I know I'm a bit late to the party here. When this movie came out I was a senior in high school and I was just baffled by how few people (critics) understood anything about it. What I've said to other people since then is that it seemed like critics who thought it was science fiction (which so many did) thought it was dumb and critics who saw the metaphor loved it. If it were science fiction, it indeed would be dumb.

    Even though I hadn't lost anyone at that point in my life, I loved the nuanced approach it took to death. I think "Death is the road to awe" is fantastic. And thank you for mentioning the score. The way it built, changed, called back, and layered into the story was greatly affecting.

  13. I was 16 when I saw this, I understood that the stories were metaphorical and the guy was trying to save his wife but had to end up accepting death. I just didn't like it. You didn't really sell me on any aspect of the movie since you basically just spent the video saying people didn't understand it instead of explaining why the execution of the ideas would be interesting to watch. Maybe I'll rewatch it someday.

  14. I can't put into words how much I love the score in this movie. Even outside the context of the movie itself it's just a shot of absolute sorrowful beauty into your brain.

  15. Love this film. I didn't share the same take away you did as far as the links for past present and future, but your assessment tracks. I watched this with the commentary a few years ago (had to download it), and I remember that Aronofsky didn't want to give a lot away. He wanted people to have their own interpretation. And while I still like my own, yours was quite refreshing to hear. And I couldn't agree more about the music…. whoa.

  16. Thank you for doing a review on this film. It has been a favorite of mine since the day I first saw it and I have frequently gone back for many repeat viewings. My family has always counted it as "the weird movie that he likes" because I have never been able to fully articulate the depth and mastery of craft that is this film.

  17. Mikey, I've been watching your videos for a while now, and for the first time you tugged at just the right heart strings. This review opened my eyes, and then proceeded to fill them with tears. As a part time writer having hit a block, I needed to hear your message. But as a man wondering how to preserve what little legacy he may ever have, I wasn't aware how deeply this would connect. I'm currently writing a few stories about pain and loss for an anthology, and if you happen to see this comment, I'd love for you to let me know where I can send you a copy of the final product. You will have inspired the best of my work, to be sure.

    Thank you for this, the gift you have given. For it has calmed my mind and opened my heart.

    Who says movie reviewers on YouTube can't make a difference in the world? Not I.

    Not I.

  18. Words cannot express just how much I love this movie. I have a tendency to fidget a lot when watching movies and I remember the first time that I saw it I was shocked that I was still sitting in the exact same position by the end. And I sat there for a good 20 minutes after just sobbing from both the heartbreak and beauty.

  19. Damn, this is one of the best argued and most passionate reviews I've ever heard. It gives me new appreciation for the movie, a movie which I already loved. Thank you!

  20. You know, I have always loved this movie but I never understand really why, I couldn't understand the movie completely, I knew that, but I felt connected to it somehow, thanks to you I finally realize why. Thank you.

  21. This was an incredible video. I consider this film to be one of the most beautiful ever made. Thanks for giving it the love and understanding it deserves.

  22. I couldn't connect with the movie (I got it, it just didn't get me) but damn, I love the soundtrack. Love. It.

  23. I absolutely loved this movie, cuz wouldn't you know it, I happened to see it after I lost my mom lol and I had the crazy idea to plant her ashes under a tree…still trying to see if the rest of my family would be cool with it 😅

  24. First of all, thanks for your channel. I have worked my way through 3/4 of your videos since finding your chanel this week.

    The Fountain is also one of my favorite movies. In fact I did my Master's thesis on the film in a video essay here: ( I still mostly agree with it.

    Though I didn't get into it in my essay I agree that the past and future sections of the film are Izzie's work of fiction. However, I think that parts of the section from the modern era have to be part of the fiction as well in order for the work of fiction to really work. Ultimately I think what is real and what is part of the fountain's fiction are less important than the themes they explore.

    That said, I have some quibbles with your analysis of the film. Mostly I disagree that Thomas the conquistador is Izzie's character in the past because Izzie already has an analogue in the past: Queen Isabella and Spain as an extension, both best by the inquisitor who is infecting Spain like the cancer Izzie suffers from. I also don't think Thomas' death is an acceptance of death because he sure did not go gentle into that good night but fought his death kicking and screaming. If Izzie wrote that section of the book, as you convincingly argue, then I think Thomas is her view of Tommy's work. That is, it is ultimately fruitless and his attempt to conquer death will ultimately be his undoing. Which plays out in the modern era as Tommy misses spending the last days of Izzie's life with his wife and instead pursues a cure which comes too late.

    In any case, this is a great video and keep up the good work.

  25. Beautiful description of this movie's plot. I love this movie, it's beautiful.

    It's intimate. The tattoo Tommy put on himself, from his wedding band that disappeared.

    The various bands on his arm gives a gorgeous representation to the rings within a tree, showing its age and also the types of experience within each band.

    People's inability of understanding the beautiful nuanced emotional experience is sorrowful, because unless they're guided every step they miss so much.

    I love this movie, this gorgeous observation of death Xibalba ( sp ) being the road to to awe.

    The music is so beautiful, and the anguished path of grief and loss was so beautiful, it doesn't surprise me that a lot of people are either too lazy or too stupid to get it.

    Thank you. It's comforting to know that someone out there saw all the layers in the gorgeous master piece

  26. God, seriously, I love the soundtrack so much. I actually had listened to it for years before finally watching the movie. It's a hard watch, not because it's bad, but because it hurts to watch. It's a difficult and arduous task, because you're just watching a man in denial towards death, lose his wife, and then, eventually, come to accept it. To accept that his wife is dead, and that she is not coming back, but it doesn't mean that she isn't still around, in one way or another. And you watch this, for an hour and a half, non-stop. It takes an enormous toll on your emotions.

    One of the best movies I've ever seen, in my opinion.

  27. This. This is why I love your channel. You have a brilliant mind for the understanding of film. Thank you for sharing it with us!

  28. I think Cloud Atlas is also fairly misunderstood and it would take several sittings to like fully understand your feelings about it.

  29. I've always wondered why this movie wasn't more popular. I loved it when I saw it. I was in film school and in the midst of reading everything by Joseph Campbell I could get my hands on, so maybe I kind of had a leg up in seeing the interpretive nature of the film. But damn, you put it very succinctly here.

    Y'know I also loved Speed Racer a bunch and no one else liked it. And the Matrix sequels. What the hell maybe I just had a bunch of dull friends.

  30. Death is the Road to Awe.

    It was a line that summed up Izzi's entire journey towards that acceptance, but also Tommy's transcendence. To be able to accept death and understand it and to go beyond it. It is from that that awe is born. This fascination that humans have about death… It's one of our greatest driving forces.

    And freaking hell if Clint Mansell doesn't capture those emotions in a bottle, then paint them onto the soundscape with the finest brush I've ever heard.

  31. This has always been one of my absolute favorite movies and I really appreciate your explanation of it. It helps me digest why the movie is so viscerally moving to me.

  32. After watching your videos on this movie as well as Pushing Daisies, I was wondering if you've seen or have any thoughts about Tarsem's The Fall? That's another one of my favorite movies and I've never seen anyone make a video about it.

  33. I've never understood how people misunderstood this film to such great lengths. When I worked in a video store ("remember those," I know) I would recommend it to anyone who said they wanted something "different," only to have the vast majority of them return less than satisfied at worst and utterly confused at best. I think it's easy for people to complain about the "hand holding" formulas of movies in the current times, and I don't disagree, but that idea of "the audience won't get it" is older than I think a lot of movie goers realize. I loved The Fountain for all the reasons, including the recognition the audience are human adults who are probably at the cinema, and selecting this movie in particular, to take in some art. Even though I no longer work at a video store I still recommend this movie to people, but I generally save it for people I know, those looking for cinematic art, or people who express a genuine exhaustion with being talked down to in movies.

  34. This is hands down, one of my favorite films of all time. I remember going to see it with my wife, though we were just dating at the time. And we were the only ones in the theater. It was a small theater in our town, and it felt so…disconnected from reality. The way the film was shot, the glorious musical score, all made me feel like I was actually floating in space with Thomas in the future scenes. And in the end, this film ends up being about grief, and dealing with it. A personal story, about one person, dealing with the loss of a loved one, and how to cope with it. It's up there with Arrival for me, in films that end up touching the root of my humanity, when you don't actually expect that to happen, from the trailers. You think you are getting one story, but what you are really getting is a story about what it is to be human, and living a life.

    And the music, oh man I love this soundtrack. It never fails to move me. One of the best films I've ever seen. Period.

  35. A coworker showed me this movie and i remember being gorgeous as thematically and visually beautiful bravo for your take on this movie

  36. I’ve watched this movie and this review so many times cause they blow me away each time. Thank you for this beautiful insight.

  37. So on one hand, yes
    this is an excellent review of a BEAUTIFUL movie that shattered me when I first watched it
    on the other hand
    the timelines aren't JUST stories. They exist on two levels- being written, and as actual events in the past and future, as illustrated by the other timelines affecting the primary, modern day events at the end of the movie.
    So there's another layer to it that people didn't get, just in case it wasn't bad enough the first time.

  38. If the movie does have symbolism, it doesn't mean that people (critics) must love it.
    Some people don't like it, so what?

  39. Dude…. I'm late to the party but Thanks for this! The fountain is my #1 all time and I love it when I find people that feel similar. Just found your channel yesterday and am binging hard. You make some fantastic content chief! congrats

  40. i loved this movie when i first watched it, and love it more now. side note, if we're talking about movies that people didn't get, cloud atlas is a HUGE part of that convo (and very similar with actors playing multiple roles in some strange multiverse). and it's no where near as veiled as this movie was, but it seems that very few people got it.

    so, tl;dr, cloud atlas, can you put your MWM touch on it? many thnx

  41. Anyone who’s life has been touched by grief and loss either got this movie or lives in denial. I’ve watched this movie many times and I always get something slightly different from it. He’s her hero. He’s drifting, lost without her. She’s pure and powerful and fuel for his obsession. He’s driven to conquer her disease and pulls away in his drive to pedal faster and harder against a losing battle.

    I have shared it with so many people, and there is a great divide between “AH-HA” and “WTF?!?”. No middle ground. Great job, Mikey. Glad to see your subs get it, too.

  42. I remember I left with a good feeling after the end of the movie. I got that they were both in 3 time lines but I didn't get that in the past Tommy was Lizzie.

  43. I remember I left with a good feeling after the end of the movie. I got that they were both in 3 time lines but I didn't get that in the past Tommy was Lizzie.

  44. Wow. I missed this movie somehow and my anniversary is coming up. This movie looks like a fun way to celebrate. 🙂 It looks like a film we would both really like.

  45. Just found this vid, but just to point out; Izzy only finished up to the point that the Tomas reached the top of the temple and fought the High Priest. The rest of the story is (through implication) how Tommy finished it, in acceptance of her death.

  46. I L-O-V-E-D The Fountain when I saw it. This movie spoke to me on a deeply spiritual level. I wanted to dissect it and discuss its meaning with everyone meaningful in my life. But none of them got it the way I did. They didn't hate it but it was just a shrug and it was a neat movie for them. I am glad to see that others were touched by this movie like I was. It was getting to the point where I thought it was just me seeing and experiencing things that weren't actually in the movie.

  47. I liked Noah a lot more after seeing Mother! And yeah, there's a lot that's goofy, but ultimately I think the treatment of Noah as a religious fanatic whose obsession kills people but also saves people and which puts him in the position of baby-murderer is pretty fascinating.

  48. This was good. The Fountain made a profound impression on me when I saw it 10 years ago or so… but I never revisited it. Maybe it's time I did.

  49. In "The Fountain" of youth the tree of awe grows on the pyramid which accelerates time – this is written with "The Fountain" pen to a book in the present where we want to preserve time and for it to slow down – in the future we travel (as light) to "The Fountain" head of spirit over thousands of years where time in the bubble moves very slowly or not at all, until, karmatically we will be reborn and spiritually recycled (just as a fountain does with water) to repeat the whole process ad infiinitum because time is abstract and spirit/love(water) is the only constant in the universe

  50. It’s appalling that such a great film was so savagely tipped by idiots that have no clue what the story is about. Shitty critics are the bane of current films, they wield too much power. Shame on those motherfuckers! A plague upon your houses! If they’re not able and willing to pour themselves into every single review , then they shouldn’t even attempt it!

  51. I'm glad that you've done this review and very glad indeed to hear that, like with me, this movie landed with you in a way that left a lasting impression. I've never heard someone "get" this movie in a way similar to myself. The Fountain will always be a special movie to me made just a tad more special by virtue of having slipped past so many people on it's way out into the universe.

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