Who wants to live forever ?

For those who live in a country where it is still on screens or where it is yet to be released in a near future, I wanted to most warmly recommend Darren Aronofsky’s lattest movie : The Fountain. Since Pi which fascinating B&W bizarreness reminded me of Lynch’s Eraserheard and then with Requiem For a Dream, Aronofsky has made brilliantly ambitious movies investigating our contemporary myths and crises as well as their deeper historical and mystic dimensions.

The Fountain spans (metaphorically, I would personally argue) across 1000 years, through history, present and future. In visually fascinating and poetic environments and with the help of a complex but appropriate narration, the hopes, fears and dead-ends of our love stories, from Spanish inquisition to bouddism-inspired space exploration. I should also had that the actors and the music (by Clint Mansell, like in Requiem for a Dream) remarkably serve the screenplay.

As with major directors such as Kubrick, Aronofsky’s movie suggests many plausible interpretations rather than an obvious truth and let upon the viewer to decide how to live with the experience he went through as he walks away from the theater in a state of rare serenity.

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Let this diversity of opinions be propounded to, and laid before him; he will himself choose, if he be able; if not, he will remain in doubt. "Che non men che saver, dubbiar m' aggrata." ["I love to doubt, as well as to know."-- Dante, Inferno, xi. 93] for, if he embraces the opinions of Xenophon and Plato, by his own reason, they will no more be theirs, but become his own. Who follows another, follows nothing, finds nothing, nay, is inquisitive after nothing. "Non sumus sub rege; sibi quisque se vindicet." ["We are under no king; let each vindicate himself." --Seneca, Ep.,33]"
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