15 certificateThe Fountain is a Film programme that first aired in 2006 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

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The Fountain (2006)

Directed by
Darren Aronofsky

This acclaimed and highly original sci-fi fantasy romantic drama, starring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz in multiple roles, requires concentration and can also verge on the pretentious. Released in 2006 and directed by Darren Aronofsky, the tale comprises three stories, spanning 1,000 years.

At the request of his queen (Weisz), 16th-century conquistador Thomas (Jackman) raids a Mayan temple looking for the Tree of Life. Switch to 21st-century America, and Tommy is searching for a cancer cure to save his ailing wife. Move to 26th-century space and Tom is drifting towards a nebula with an ancient tree. The stories are linked by Tommy's love for Isabel, his fear of death and the quest for eternal life.

Following his acclaimed drama Requiem For A Dream, Aronofsky once again proved himself a visionary film-maker with this challenging and beautiful sci-fi fantasy. An unusual film experience, it has not one, but three stand-out performances from both Jackman and Weisz. Love it or hate it, the film is beautifully shot, with highly stylised sets complementing Clint Mansell's strong score.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 93 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2006

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Hugh JackmanHugh Jackman...Tomas/Tommy/Dr. Tom Creo
Image for Rachel WeiszRachel Weisz...Queen Isabel/Izzi Creo
Image for Ellen BurstynEllen Burstyn...Dr. Lillian Guzetti
Image for Mark MargolisMark Margolis...Father Avila
Image for Stephen McHattieStephen McHattie...Grand Inquisitor Silecio
Fernando Hernandez...Lord of Xibalba
Image for Cliff CurtisCliff Curtis...Cap. Ariel
Sean Patrick Thomas...Antonio
Donna Murphy...Betty
Image for Ethan SupleeEthan Suplee...Manny
Richard McMillan...Henry
Lorne Brass...Dr. Alan Lipper
Abraham Aronofsky...Lab Technician
Renee Asofsky...Lab Technician
Anish Majumdar...Dr. Spencer
Marcello Bezina...Foot Soldier Borjes