The Fountain is a 2006 American romantic drama film, which blends elements of fantasy, history, religion, and science fiction. It is directed by Darren Aronofsky, and stars Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz. The film comprises three storylines where Jackman and Weisz play different sets of characters: a modern-day scientist and his cancer-stricken wife, a conquistador and his queen, and a space traveler in the future who hallucinates his lost love. The storylines—interwoven with use of match cuts and recurring visual motifs — reflect the themes of love and mortality.

Video: Modern-day Thomas is briefly washed in golden light before the scene shifts to the space traveler’s bubble floating in space. The visual effects of the star Xibalba and its nebula were created using macro photography of fluids:

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