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If you lived for­ever, what would you do and what would life mean to you? The Foun­tain fol­lows Tom Creo (Hugh Jack­man) who strug­gles with mor­tal­ity as he con­tin­u­ously re­searches med­i­cal break­throughs that will save the life of his cancer-stricken wife, Izzi (Rachel Weisz). The film spans 1,000 years and blends el­e­ments of fan­tasy, his­tory, spir­i­tu­al­ity, and

science fic­tion.

Three sto­ry­lines are wo­ven in the film where Jack­man and Weisz play dif­fer­ent sets of char­ac­ters. Th­ese sets in­clude: a modern-day sci­en­tist and his cancer-stricken wife, a con­quis­ta­dor and his queen, and a trav­eler im­mersed in a spir­i­tual jour­ney who hal­lu­ci­nates his lost love.

Be­tween match cuts and re­cur­ring visual mo­tifs—view­ers see the themes of love and mor­tal­ity. The sets of char­ac­ters are seper­ated by five cen­turies each. In ad­di­tion, the story is told non­lin­early.

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