Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine
RomanceDrama, Science Fiction
2004

Director: Michel Gondry CastJim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Wilkinson, Elijah Wood, David Cross, Jane Adams

Academy Awards: Best Original Screenplay (Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry, Pierre Bismuth)

Also Nominated For: Best Actress in a Leading Role (Kate Winslet)

I First Saw In: c. 2006

Synopsis: 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.

Quotables: CLEMENTINE: Meet me… in Montauk…

And now a Word from the Guise:
This film is such a beautiful and heartbreaking story. I have seen it countless times and every time, I sob like a baby. The final memory, where Joel and Clementine first meet, destroys me: about halfway through Joel realises that he’s made a terrible mistake and tries desperately to hold onto his memories of Clementine. But no matter how hard he tries, the eraser technicians find them and erase them. In this final memory, Joel accepts that he can’t stop them, he accepts that he made an impulsive decision and now he must face the consequences, and he grieves for it. He wishes that he had done all these things with Clementine, that he hadn’t been so circumspect, that he hadn’t been so easily embarrassed by her, that he had opened up to her and trusted her. It’s a story that perfectly articulates the significance of communication within relationships and why it’s so important to hold onto our memories: to cherish the good ones and learn from the bad.

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233

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