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Our bodies are prisons for our souls. Our skin and blood, the iron bars of confinement. But fear not. All flesh decays. Death turns all to ash. And thus, death frees every soul.

'The Fountain' Explained

‘The Fountain’ is a 2006 film by Darren Aronofsky. A passion project for him. The film stars Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz in the lead roles. 'The Fountain’ tells the story of Tommy (Hugh Jackman) as he tries to find a cure for a cancer his wife Izzi (Rachel Weisz) has.

What is 'The Fountain’ really about? Tom Creo is a scientist trying to find a cure for a cancer his wife Izzi has. But Tom Creo also sees himself as Tomas (Also Hugh Jackman) in Izzi’s book.Tomas is a Spaniard fighting for the crown, his mission is to find The Tree of Life so him and his Queen (Rachel Weisz) can live forever. But there is a third story line where Tom Creo is a being travelling through space and time to 'Xibalba’ (Mayan Afterlife) where him and his lover (represented by The Tree of Life) can live forever.

What do these stories have in common? All three of these stories have a main plot point in common. Each story is about Hugh Jackman’s character trying to overcome so that him and his lover (Rachel Weisz) can be together forever.


Tom Creo (Tom 1)

Tom Creo is in present day a scientist trying to find a cure for a cancer his wife has. He is very dedicated to finding a cure and at times even neglects his wife and ignores her in order to try and help her. However, Izzi dies from this cancer just as a cure is found. This pushes Tom Creo into depression and he dedicates himself to find a cure to death.


Tomas (Tom 2)

Tomas is a fictional character created by Izzi in her book 'The Fountain’ which she is unable to finish due to her death. She asks Tom Creo to finish it as a result of her death. Tomas is a Spaniard who races to find The Tree of Life so him and his Queen can live forever. He locates The Tree of Life and soon after drinking from it’s sap Tomas becomes part of the Earth.

Tom Creo’s ending to 'The Fountain’ book ends with the main character Tomas dying and becoming part of the Earth while trying to find a cure for death, showing what is on the mind of Tom Creo after the death of his wife Izzi.


The Being/ Tommy (Tom 3)

The Being/ Tommy is a third story. In which Hugh Jackman’s character is travelling through time and space to get to Xibalba. He is with a large tree which represents Izzi and the Queen. The Being/ Tommy represents Tom Creo and Tomas, who both believed and supported the idea of Xibalba.

Tom Creo and the fictional Tomas both believed in Xibalba since Izzi and the Queen both were firm believers in the idea of Xibalba. Therefore Tom Creo hopes that after death he will reunite with his wife in Xibalba.


How did 'The Fountain’ End? We will start with Tom Creo (Tom 1). After the death of his wife Izzi he falls into depression and dedicates himself to find a cure for death. After this I predict Tom Creo realises he can’t cure death and in a state of depression and realisation he finishes Izzi’s book 'The Fountain’ and ends it with the main character Tomas (Tom 2) dying and becoming part of the Earth just as he would become after he had died. Just as both of them were trying to find a cure to death so he can be with his Queen, just as Tom Creo tried to save his wife from death so they can be together.  

After finishing the ending to the book Tom Creo kills himself in hopes of reuniting with his wife in Xibalba. The third story with The Being/ Tommy (Tom 3) is after the death of Tom Creo as he goes up to Xibalba to be with his wife Izzi. 'The Fountain’ has a happier ending than thought.

As proof there is a scene where The Being/ Tommy (Tom 3) says happily to an illusion of his wife, “I’m going to die.” He says this because his death means he will see his wife again and they will live together forever.

This was my take on 'The Fountain’, a film by Darren Aronofsky.

He said that if they dug his father’s body up, it would be gone. They planted a seed over his grave. The seed became a tree. Moses said his father became a part of that tree. He grew into the wood, into the bloom. And when a sparrow ate the tree’s fruit, his father flew with the birds. He said… death was his father’s road to awe. That’s what he called it. The road to awe.

Done by Andy Johnson of Long Street Collective in Columbus, OH.

Izzi: Remember Moses Morales?
Tom Creo: Who?
Izzi: The Mayan guide I told you about.
Tom Creo: From your trip.
Izzi: Yeah. The last night I was with him, he told me about his father, who had died. Well Moses wouldn’t believe it.
Tom Creo: Izzi…
Izzi: [embraces Tom] No, no. Listen, listen. He said that if they dug his father’s body up, it would be gone. They planted a seed over his grave. The seed became a tree. Moses said his father became a part of that tree. He grew into the wood, into the bloom. And when a sparrow ate the tree’s fruit, his father flew with the birds. He said… death was his father’s road to awe. That’s what he called it. The road to awe. Now, I’ve been trying to write the last chapter and I haven’t been able to get that out of my head!
Tom Creo: Why are you telling me this?
Izzi: I’m not afraid anymore, Tommy.