Delusional Grandeur — 5 years ago
This film is quite unexpected. Darren Aronofsky has the ability to stir your reactions, in Pi and Requiem for a Dream he does so violently and without remorse. In The Fountain he does so all to subtly at times, weaving a story across time and awareness, about death, belief and love. It actually brought a couple of tears to my eye—almost unheard of. And this set with all the oil lamps and unending arches, oh man, I want to be there.
Some of scenes are unbearably new age with transcendental posturing, but are nonetheless beautiful and help one perhaps understand the mind of the main character—something Aronofsky brings to the fore. The distinct stories weave together but ultimately the plot is morbid, perhaps not unexpectedly.
Are there three stories—past present and future? I felt that “future” was really an escapist mental state, manifesting his desire and actions to do good for his wife.