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Can somebody please explain to me what the movie "The Fountain" was about?

Can somebody please explain to me what the movie "The Fountain" was about? Topic: How to write a space adventure story
June 20, 2019 / By Jaylon
Question: I just watched it and did not understand what it was about. I do understand that he lives in three different time periods; the year 1500, 2000, 2500. how are these three things connected? why is he floating in the bubble with the tree toward the nebula? why does he shoot through the bubble after he puts on the ring? does he die? why did he die when he drank the sap? does the tree represent his wife? someone please explain this to me in detail. i loved the movie but i just can't figure it out.
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Galen Galen | 4 days ago
I had the same problem when watching The Fountain. I went into it with the assumption Tom (Hugh Jackman) and Izzi (Rachel Weisz) were reincarnated through the ages. But in the film, The Fountain turns out to be a book written by Izzi about the conquistador and his adventures. So are we to assume that part of the story is a work of fiction, or Izzi remembering her life as Queen Isabella? Perhaps both can be right. I found it easiest to focus on the center story of doctor Tom and cancer stricken Izzi. She's dying and he's trying to find a cure, straightforward enough. One possible cure is a Guatemalan tree (the tree of life?). In any case, Izza has a fascination with Mayan myth and writes her book. Knowing she will most likely die, she asks Tom to finish it. In this scenario, the conquistador tale is fiction, as is the space bubble. The space bubble symbolizes a meditative time where Tom comes to grips with Izzi's death. He's trapped in a realm of thought with a dying tree of life traveling toward Xiabulba (The Mayan underworld), haunted by Izzi saying "finish it". The end where the conquistador slays and passes by the guardian to the tree is Tom's conclusion to her book and his acceptance of Izzi's death and his apparent acceptance of death as the beginning of life. The other possibility is everything we see actually happens. Warrior Tomas and besieged Queen Isabella and the quest for the tree moves to Doctor Tom and dying Izzi and the quest for the cure to Spaceman Tom who has apparently failed thus far but has finally found the tree of life and is taking it to the underworld where he believes Izzi still exists. Problem is, that leaves a lot of space getting from point A to B. In answer to your questions: I took the tree to be the Biblical tree of Life. It's not his wife. It's an idea or concept like the Fountain of Youth. He didn't die when he drank the sap, he was reborn, new life grew out of him (literally). Tom tattoos a ring on his finger, but it does't have the same power as Isabella's ring / his wedding ring, whatever you want to call it.
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Galen Originally Answered: Can somebody please explain to me what the movie "The Fountain" was about?
I had the same problem when watching The Fountain. I went into it with the assumption Tom (Hugh Jackman) and Izzi (Rachel Weisz) were reincarnated through the ages. But in the film, The Fountain turns out to be a book written by Izzi about the conquistador and his adventures. So are we to assume that part of the story is a work of fiction, or Izzi remembering her life as Queen Isabella? Perhaps both can be right. I found it easiest to focus on the center story of doctor Tom and cancer stricken Izzi. She's dying and he's trying to find a cure, straightforward enough. One possible cure is a Guatemalan tree (the tree of life?). In any case, Izza has a fascination with Mayan myth and writes her book. Knowing she will most likely die, she asks Tom to finish it. In this scenario, the conquistador tale is fiction, as is the space bubble. The space bubble symbolizes a meditative time where Tom comes to grips with Izzi's death. He's trapped in a realm of thought with a dying tree of life traveling toward Xiabulba (The Mayan underworld), haunted by Izzi saying "finish it". The end where the conquistador slays and passes by the guardian to the tree is Tom's conclusion to her book and his acceptance of Izzi's death and his apparent acceptance of death as the beginning of life. The other possibility is everything we see actually happens. Warrior Tomas and besieged Queen Isabella and the quest for the tree moves to Doctor Tom and dying Izzi and the quest for the cure to Spaceman Tom who has apparently failed thus far but has finally found the tree of life and is taking it to the underworld where he believes Izzi still exists. Problem is, that leaves a lot of space getting from point A to B. In answer to your questions: I took the tree to be the Biblical tree of Life. It's not his wife. It's an idea or concept like the Fountain of Youth. He didn't die when he drank the sap, he was reborn, new life grew out of him (literally). Tom tattoos a ring on his finger, but it does't have the same power as Isabella's ring / his wedding ring, whatever you want to call it.
Galen Originally Answered: Can somebody please explain to me what the movie "The Fountain" was about?
There's a lot going on symbolically in The Fountain. It definitely helps to watch it several times. I don't think I could explain it in detail, but I'll try to give a few hints that I've picked up. The core of the story is the doctor learning to accept death as part of life; something his wife was trying to teach him before she died. The conquistador plot is Izzy's unfinished story, that she left for him to write an ending to. The space bubble story may also be hers; it wasn't clear to me, but she did talk about the nebula (Xibalba) that spaceman Tom travels to. In any case, the past and future stories are also about his coming to terms with death. In 1500, he is driven by a lust for personal immortality, and comes to an abrupt and painful death, a sacrifice to the Tree of Life. In 2000, he is too busy trying to find a cure for death to live his life. In 2500, he accepts that his death is necessary for Life to go on, and goes as a willing sacrifice, so that the Tree can be reborn. You can look at the past and future stories as symbolic commentary on his struggle in the present. The ring symbolizes his undying love for his wife. He loses it at the Tree of Life in 1500, and again at the lab in 2000. After Izzy dies, he tattoos a ring on his finger with the pen and ink that she gave him. In the bubble, he has tattooed rings all up his arm, and finally finds the physical ring again. At the end of the movie, he is planting a tree on Izzy's grave, like in the story she told him. I think the trees represent not so much Izzy directly, as his understanding finally of the continuity of life.

Derek Derek
There's a lot going on symbolically in The Fountain. It definitely helps to watch it several times. I don't think I could explain it in detail, but I'll try to give a few hints that I've picked up. The core of the story is the doctor learning to accept death as part of life; something his wife was trying to teach him before she died. The conquistador plot is Izzy's unfinished story, that she left for him to write an ending to. The space bubble story may also be hers; it wasn't clear to me, but she did talk about the nebula (Xibalba) that spaceman Tom travels to. In any case, the past and future stories are also about his coming to terms with death. In 1500, he is driven by a lust for personal immortality, and comes to an abrupt and painful death, a sacrifice to the Tree of Life. In 2000, he is too busy trying to find a cure for death to live his life. In 2500, he accepts that his death is necessary for Life to go on, and goes as a willing sacrifice, so that the Tree can be reborn. You can look at the past and future stories as symbolic commentary on his struggle in the present. The ring symbolizes his undying love for his wife. He loses it at the Tree of Life in 1500, and again at the lab in 2000. After Izzy dies, he tattoos a ring on his finger with the pen and ink that she gave him. In the bubble, he has tattooed rings all up his arm, and finally finds the physical ring again. At the end of the movie, he is planting a tree on Izzy's grave, like in the story she told him. I think the trees represent not so much Izzy directly, as his understanding finally of the continuity of life.
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Derek Originally Answered: How to add the light to the outdoor fountain?
Try painting it, or wrapping it in tape, the same colour as the fountain and fastening it close to the fountain, there are clips you can buy for cords, though i'm not sure if they will work in this case. You could even get artistic and make it look like a vine (you can disregard that). Unfortunatly I cannot think of anything else, but the first solution would at least make it less noticeable. Good luck!
Derek Originally Answered: How to add the light to the outdoor fountain?
You could get those solar spot lights or the floating color things that float and light up different colors. No wires. :)

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