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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

A comedic romance film written by Charlie Kaufman, directed by Michel Gonfry, and starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet.

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Eternal Sunshine -- this is true science fiction

  • May 13, 2008
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind explores the impact on life and love if we could decide to erase our physically and emotionally traumautic memories.  Specifically, the movie follows the relationship of Joel (Jim Carrey) and Clementine (Kate Winslet) in the context of the availability and use of this memory erasing technology.

I don't want to spoil this brilliant movie, so I'm intentionally trying to stay light on the details.   I always use this movie (along with Gattaca) when talking to friends about my favorite genre, Science Fiction.   Many people associate science fiction with Star Wars or Star Trek.  The science fiction that I enjoy uses the fiction in a different way -- to explore the nature of what it is to be human, and to explore our society from a different perspective.  The books and movies in this genre do not focus on either the science or the fiction.  Instead, they introduce one major scientific advance or extrapolate from an existing trend to allow for examining our most basic assumptions.  Eternal Sunshine, for example, explores relationships and choices in a way that wasn't possible without a fundamental shift in the manner in which people can control their own memories.

One slight warning -- because of the nature of memory alteration and the way in which the director decided to tell the story, it can be extremely hard to follow the plot as it weaves through time and memory.  Most people either hate or love this movie because of this complication, but I feel like it was necessary to tell the story.
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September 29, 2009
great review ari!
 
August 11, 2009
I love this movie even though I've almost forgotten about it! Another interesting movie is Sliding Doors. Thanks for the reminder!
 
June 26, 2009
"How happy is the blameless vestal's lot! The world forgetting, by the world forgot. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind! Each prayer accepted, and each wish resigned
 
June 26, 2009
Excellent non-spoiler review! You are right on all counts! I love this movie AND Alexander Pope!
 
April 23, 2009
I love movies which are unique in its own right, not easily explanable & yet memorable enough as it touches something deep inside me. This is one of those! Don't think the movie is that complicated, at least on a different level from that of Matrix which is also another favorite of mine. What Dreams may come is another of my all time favorite. You might enjoy these 2 if you have not seen them. But, if you're into sci fi, I'm sure you've seen The Matrix. As I don't do reviews on movies, I'd recommend another one here, that is AI - Artificial Intelligence. (http://www.imdb.com/find?s=all&q=artificial+intelligence&x=23&y=6)
 
April 01, 2009
Good Movie! Good Review:) Brought the movie to light in a new way!
 
March 30, 2009
I haven't seen it but its on my list. Glad to see your inclusion of GATTACA. When most people talk about science fiction movies they reference flicks like ALIEN which is a horror movie set in space as far as I'm concerned. My definition of the difference between horror and science fiction goes something like this; if the main thrust of the movie is something chasing people around trying to kill and/or eat them its a horror movie no matter where or when it takes place.  Whereas if you look around the theater and see half the audience sleeping and the other half going "Huh?", its science fiction. Granted my definition is a bit flippant, buts my way of saying the science fiction tends to deal more with ideas.
May 23, 2009
Huh??
 
December 05, 2008
I had no idea this movie could be classified as sci fi. Thanks for the info. I'll definitely have to keep more of an open mind from now on.
 
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From the brilliantly eccentric minds of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Adaptation) and visionary director Michel Gondry comes Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, a romantic comedy that's unlike any other. The film's screenplay, which deals with familiar themes of reconciliation and redemption, is constantly surprising in the direction that it chooses to go. Kaufman and Gondry, who are themselves rather unconventional, avoid the clichés of both the comedy and romance genres.  The film's …
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The title of this film is taken from a poem written by Alexander Pope entitled "Eloisa to Abelard". Pope based his poem upon the lives of two real people who were involved in an illicit affair. The poem is written from Eloisa's point of view and illustrates the conflict the woman has between her deep love for Abelard and her devotion to God. The movie takes it's name from the lines, "How happy is the blameless Vestal's lot!/The world forgetting, by the world forgot./ Eternal sunshine of the spotless …
review by . July 03, 2004
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Eternal sunshine is a clever movie that explores the concept of memory being erased to remove unpleasant memories. The setting is a dreary, blighted area of Long Island NY and the beaches of Montauk, where the disrupted romance of the Jim Carrey & Kate Winslet characters begins. The story shifts back and forth in time as well as in and out of the mind of the Carrey character. The supporting cast includes Elijah Wood and Kirsten Dunst, with each supporting character playing an important role in the …
review by . June 27, 2004
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review by . April 15, 2004
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The title is taken from the poem “Eloisa to Abelard” by Alexander Pope.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Theatrical release poster Directed by Michel Gondry Produced by Anthony Bregman
Steve Golin Written by Screenplay:
Charlie Kaufman
Story:
Michel Gondry
Pierre Bismuth
Charlie Kaufman Starring Jim Carrey
Kate Winslet
Kirsten Dunst
Mark Ruffalo
Elijah Wood
Tom Wilkinson
Jane Adams
David Cross
Thomas Jay Ryan Music by Jon Brion Cinematography Ellen Kuras Editing by Valdís Óskarsdóttir Distributed by Focus Features Release date(s) March 19, 2004 Running time 108 minutes Country United States Language English Budget $20 million Gross revenue $72.2 million

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 American psychological-drama film by director Michel Gondry. The film uses elements of science fiction, nonlinear narration and neosurrealism to explore the nature of memory and romantic love.[1] It opened in North America on March 19, 2004 and grossed over US$70 million worldwide.[2]

Gondry worked on the story with writer/director Charlie Kaufman and Pierre Bismuth, a French performance artist. Together, they won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2005, alongside a nomination for Kate Winslet for Best Actress that year. The film stars Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet and features Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Wilkinson, Elijah Wood, Jane Adams, and David Cross.

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Director: Michel Gondry
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Release Date: March 19, 2004
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Charlie Kaufman
Runtime: 1hr 48min
Studio: Universal Studios, Focus Features
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