Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind


After learning that his ex-girlfriend had an experimental medical procedure to purge all memories of him, a man decides to do the same with her. But during the operation, he realizes he doesn’t want to lose what’s left of their relationship.

Year: 2004
Certificate: 15
Director: Michel Gondry
Starring: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Ruffalo, Kirsten Dunst, Elijah Wood, Jane Adams, David Cross, Deirdre O’Connell, Thomas Jay Ryan

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OK let’s be clear from the off: I don’t really know how to review this movie. “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (ESotSM from now on) is a demanding movie. It demands the attention of the viewer from the very beginning, but ya know what? That’s OK… it’s worth it.

ESotSM is a film about love and the ups and downs that go along with it. It’s a story about Joel (Jim Carrey), a thirty something guy who keeps himself to himself. One day he meets Clementine (Kate Winslet) and it all changes. The whirlwind relationship is a shock to them both but together they have a connection, almost a familiarity, then one day the connection disappears.

Joel finds himself to be a stranger to Clementine, she looks at him with a blank expression – a look she gives to all strangers who cross her path. Understandably Joel is confused. How can a woman who only hours ago was in his arms no longer even know he exists? The answer is simple; the spontaneity which Joel loved seems to have been the source of his demise. After an argument between the two of them Clementine sought the services of Dr. Mierzwiak (Tom Wilkinson).

The service he offers is complete removal of any memories that you wish. Have a dog that passed away and the loss is just too much to take? Go see the doctor and he will remove every memory of Fido you ever had and you won’t miss him any more.

What follows is a beautifully shot journey through Joel’s memories where he re-lives the moments that helped him fall in love with Clementine while they are being removed by the very same doctor. The cinematography is subtle to the point that you may only notice it on a second viewing. I won’t mention things here because if you are like me you’ll spend the whole movie noticing stuff and not paying attention.

I can’t really think of any negatives other than way the film is shot requires you to pay attention instead of simply having this in the background (which I do with a lot of films). That’s not necessarily a negative but be ready to focus.

As well as Carrey and Winslet it also has a very deep cast including Mark Ruffallo (Begin Again), Kirsten Dunst (All Good Things) and Elijah Wood (Sin City)

If you’re looking for a film that will blow the cobwebs of the ol’ grey matter then I would recommend you gave ESotSM a viewing. If you’re looking for a popcorn movie where you can just chat with friends while the movie plays then I would give this a miss. And if you’re thinking this is another of those wacky comedies you’re used to from Jim Carrey, you would be very wrong.

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