Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (15)

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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Joel (Carrey) is a shy sort of fellow who might prefer a huddle with his pens and drawing pads to the jolts and vagaries of novel human interaction. Waiting for the overland to work one wintry day, he feels an uncontrollable urge to hop a train in the opposite direction, and only thus encounters Clementine (Winslet), a blue-dyed boho who makes little distinction between her every thought and the words she speaks. His passivity attracts and antagonises her; she flummoxes him and turns him on. Counter-intuitively, they click. It's almost as if they've met before. Viewers deserve to see Gondry and screenwriter Kaufman's hilarious, love-stricken, endlessly inventive collaboration fresh for themselves - especially since the more surreal thrills hinge on an 'am I awake or dreaming' mix up, and since even the quieter passages tremble with pain and revelatory vulnerability. We won't go into too much detail about Dr Mierzwiak (Wilkinson), who runs a popular if low rent New York practice in memory-modification with a merry young staff (including Dunst, Ruffalo and Wood); or into how the film, in boldly dramatising memory and the subconscious, develops as an equally loopy and poignant companion piece to Kaufman's Being John Malkovich. Suffice to say the formidable Gondry/ Kaufman/Carrey axis works marvel after marvel in expressing the bewildering beauty and existential horror of being trapped inside one's own addled mind, and in allegorising the self-preserving amnesia of a broken but hopeful heart. JWin.

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15

UK release:

2004

Duration:

108 mins

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Tower Hill

Seems like this page was due for its once-every-1-to-2-years reader comment, so here goes: I love thoughtful movies, and I love literature and poetry and philosophy, and this just may be my favorite film of all time. I'm glad 3-of-4 people (below) seem to love it as well. It does get better with each viewing, and it is so romantic, with such a strange combination of bleakness and hopefulness, both. The older I get, the more I relate, and I cry so long and hard and deep. Such a beautiful piece of work. God bless the writer, director and actors for this little gift. Thanks too for Ms. Winter's cogent, heartfelt and dead-on review.

Tower Hill

Seems like this page was due for its once-every-1-to-2-years reader comment, so here goes: I love thoughtful movies, and I love literature and poetry and philosophy, and this just may be my favorite film of all time. I'm glad 3-of-4 people (below) seem to love it as well. It does get better with each viewing, and it is so romantic, with such a strange combination of bleakness and hopefulness, both. The older I get, the more I relate, and I cry so long and hard and deep. Such a beautiful piece of work. God bless the writer, director and actors for this little gift. Thanks too for Ms. Winter's cogent, heartfelt and dead-on review.

Darlene

Is like a poem in that it puts stunning amounts of truth, wonder and entertainment into an incredibly small space (film vs. page).

Darlene

Is like a poem in that it puts stunning amounts of truth, wonder and entertainment into an incredibly small space (film vs. page).

fabrizio32

Am I the only one who found this movie boring? Clever ideas do not always translate into good films.

nikdaf

i loved this film..with a pinch of sencitivity,a pinch of irony and a dash of sorrow hope it describes everything a person goes through after a breakup..

nikdaf

i loved this film..with a pinch of sencitivity,a pinch of irony and a dash of sorrow hope it describes everything a person goes through after a breakup..