Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind


When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.

-I'm not one to review films, I just randomly spew words on films I thoroughly enjoyed

Twisted in many ways though considering the screenwriter and the director behind this film it makes sense for it to be...bizarre. But it's a film that became a favorite upon my first viewing while in Atlanta, I truly enjoyed a toned down and odd Jim Carrey I found myself able to easily empathize with his character, Kate Winslet was beyond fascinating in her role, playing (what I thought) was a complex character radically different from what I would've expected to see of her in around the release of this film way back in 2004, and looking back I still find that to be a good thing.

This was a film that seemed to steer away from the cliched and go for the complete unorthodox, but I'm sure semantics aside there are many that have had the thought or wish they could erase some memories of those moments from the past that may have been embarrassing or painful. But I enjoyed how this movie captures that there are those moments and memories that you simply want to hang on to, memories you wish to keep.

The cast was great and as bizarre as the film with Mark Ruffalo, Kirsten Dunst, Jane Adams, Elijah Wood, Tom Wilkinson, and David Cross adding in their own elements to characters in a story that takes you through the vanishing memories of Joel and Clementine. There's much to take in from watching this movie and each character has an important piece to add to a great nonlinear story. 

If interested you can read two versions of the screenplay and/or download the PDF copy here and here. Obviously a little context is needed in order to understand, but the clip below is probably my favorite in a touching and engaging (clearly to me at least) film.

Screenplay by: Charlie Kaufman (Winning the Academy Award for Best Screenplay)

Directed by: Michael Gondry