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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Cast: E.J. Evans, E.J. Evans, Stephen Pope, more...
Director: Michel Gondry, Michel Gondry
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Studio: Universal Studios
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Fantasy
Running Time: 108 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: Spanish, French
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The second feature from director Michel Gondry (Human Nature) finds the filmmaker reteaming with screenwriter Charlie Kaufman for this off-the-wall romantic comedy. Jim Carrey stars as Joel Barish, a man who is informed that his ex-girlfriend Clementine (Kate Winslet) has had her memories of their relationship erased from her brain via an experimental procedure performed by Dr. Mierzwiak (Tom Wilkinson). Not to be outdone, Joel decides to have the same procedure done to himself. As Mierzwiak's bumbling underlings Stan (Mark Ruffalo) and Patrick (Elijah Wood) perform the operation on Joel -- over the course of an evening, in his apartment -- Joel struggles in his own mind to save the memories of Clementine from being deleted. Kirsten Dunst, David Cross, and Jane Adams also star. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide

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Following a slew of already-classic music videos, the remarkable Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and the rousing Dave Chappelle's Block Party, French director Michel Gondry's playfully surreal new feature, The Science of Sleep, finally opens in US theaters. Sean Axmaker's got several question for him and, in turn, Gondry's got one for him. Full article >>

GreenCine Member Reviews

Couldn't get into it by MBreslau December 5, 2011 - 4:47 AM PST
I had to turn it off after 20 minutes. I didn't like or identify with any of the protagonists; and up to then the film seemed to be about unfortunate misfits and I had no interest in watching more.

Your milage may vary, but that's my reaction.

Getting the Better of Our Blunders by RJones3 October 7, 2007 - 6:12 PM PDT
0 out of 1 members found this review helpful
This is a fun and oddly touching film. To make more of it than that is to join the cultists who would have us revere it. One reviewer claims that the writer and director have gotten inside her head, much like the electroshock gadget applied to the temples of Joel Barish (Jim Carrey), and that they have special insight into what it is like to love in the modern age. What is it about the story of this film that so reverberates? Another reviewer claims that the virtues of this movie will be obvious to anyone who has ever fallen in love. If so, they will be even more obvious to anyone who has fallen out of love. Although Joel in the final scene proclaims the relationship between him and Clementine Kruczynski (Kate Winslet) as "OK," in the scene after the closing credits (if there were one) she erases him again from her memory. Indeed, the title of the film is from a 1717 poem by Alexander Pope, remembered mostly for his rapier wit, in which the lovers are in their respective convents and the issue of their love has been decided once and for all by castration. If this is not literary confirmation enough, there is Nietzsche with his long-tried memory, quoted in the film as "Blessed are the forgetful: for they get the better even of their blunders." But who am I to write a sequel? For all we know, Joel and Kate finally settle down to have the baby that Kate wants so badly. Like Tertullian, we believe because it is impossible.

Gondry & Kaufman do it again by talltale October 5, 2004 - 5:12 PM PDT
8 out of 8 members found this review helpful
ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND is everything you've heard and maybe a bit more. Funny, off and on, but also quite sad and unsettling (co-writer Kaufman and writer/director Gondry nail the bad part of a relationship wonderfully well), and so amazingly inventive that you'll have a great time trying to keep up with everything. Carey is as good as I've ever seen him (quiet and real when necessary, but also crazy when the occasion demands), with the rest of the top-notch cast all doing their best (watch Ruffalo give another great performance--very different from anything I've seen him do). My only complaint is that the film didn't really move me. Finally, it manages to be a bit sentimental in an almost typical manner instead of deeply, truly moving--as you might expect from something as unique as this one-of-a-kind creation. ETERNAL SUNSHINE should cause some movie fans to check out Gondry's other fine and funny film, "Human Nature."

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