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
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.