Love Remains the Same

Movie | “The Fountain”

The Fountain

Synopsis  [Contains Spoilers]: On the surface, “The Fountain” tends to look like three stories – one each from the past, present, and future – about men in pursuit of eternity with their love. A conquistador in Mayan country searches for the tree of life to free his captive queen; a medical researcher, working with various trees, looks for a cure that will save his dying wife; a space traveler, traveling with an aged tree encapsulated within a bubble, moves toward a dying star that’s wrapped in a nebula; he seeks eternity with his love. The stories intersect and parallel; the quests fail and succeed.

There are a lot of ways to interpret this movie.  The way I see it, it’s one story (not three) about a woman who is trying to find the meaning behind death and her husband who is fighting to save her.

In the beginning, we learn that Isabel (Rachel Weisz) has cancer and is terrified of dying but through her research and writings (the Conquistador/Mayan ‘past’ storyline) is able to work through her fears and find peace and acceptance.

Tommy (Hugh Jackman), working as a scientist, focuses his energy on finding cancer’s cure.  When Isabel collapses and then later dies, he honors Isabel’s request to continue the story with his own writings to “finish the book” (the futuristic storyline).  In doing so he works through his anger and at losing Isabel and his fear of a life without her and finally resolves that eventually they will be together again finding his own peace and acceptance in the process.

This film touches deeply on existentialism and the meaning of life, death, that bagel you had last Wednesday, etc.  It is also shows the range of two very brilliant actors.  It’s no surprise that it bombed at the box office…too many people would rather rott their brains with “Big Momma’s House” (*gag*).

This movie is for people who love cinema, plain and simple.  Interpret it however you wish, but chances are it will leave a big impression on you. Love or hate it…it won’t leave you alone for a long time.

Music | “Love Remains the Same”

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A thousand times I’ve seen you standing
Gravity like lunar landing
You make me want to run till’ I find you
I shut the world away from here
I drift to you, you’re all I hear
As everything we know fades to black

Half the time the world is ending
Truth is I am done pretending

I never thought that I
Had anymore to give
You’re pushing me so far
Here I am without you
Drink to all that we have lost
Mistakes we have made
Everything will change
But love remains the same

I find a place where we escape
Take you with me for the space
The city buzz sounds just like a fridge
I walk the streets through seven bars
I have to find just where you are
The faces seem to blur
They’re all the same

Half the time the world is ending
Truth is I am done pretending

I never thought that I
Had anymore to give
You’re pushing me so far
Here I am without you
Drink to all that we have lost
Mistakes we have made
Everything will change
But love remains the same

So much more to say
So much to be done
Don’t you trick me out
We shall overcome
It’s all left still to play

We should’ve had the sun
Could have been inside
Instead we’re over here

Half the time the world is ending
Truth is I am done pretending
Too much time too long defending
You and I are done pretending

I never thought that I
Had anymore to give
You’re pushing me so far
Here I am without you
Drink to all that we have lost
Mistakes we have made
Everything will change
Everything will change

I, oh I, I wish this could last forever
I, oh I, As if we could last forever

Love remains the same
Love remains the same

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