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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

aka Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

"I already forget how I used to feel about you."

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Details: 108 mins · English · R (USA)

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Was expecting to like this more

I was expecting to like this film .. it's really up my alley .. a little out there scifi-ish romance/drama with an indie vibe. But, I was simply bored by the film. It was still worth watching due to some of the stars in it (in particular Kate Winslet whom I adore), but the movie itself didn't work out for me. It may be because Jim Carrey is one of the few people out there that I truly utterly dislike (I think he has no talent as an actor, isn't remotely funny and in his private life a despicable person .. because if you are clearly lacking both the intellectual capacity and education to understand a topic (in this case vaccines), as someone famous, you shouldn't talk about it publicly as there are plenty of equally challenged people who will take your words as truth even if it's complete bullshit .. but I seem to be digressing).
So, I like the idea of the film, but the way the story was told just didn't capture my interest .. which I feel must be a fault of the film itself as the idea ...(more)

I was expecting to like this film .. it's really up my alley .. a little out there scifi-ish romance/drama with an indie vibe. But, I was simply bored by the film. It was still worth watching due to some of the stars in it (in particular Kate Winslet whom I adore), but the movie itself didn't work out for me. It may be because Jim Carrey is one of the few people out there that I truly utterly dislike (I think he has no talent as an actor, isn't remotely funny and in his private life a despicable person .. because if you are clearly lacking both the intellectual capacity and education to understand a topic (in this case vaccines), as someone famous, you shouldn't talk about it publicly as there are plenty of equally challenged people who will take your words as truth even if it's complete bullshit .. but I seem to be digressing).
So, I like the idea of the film, but the way the story was told just didn't capture my interest .. which I feel must be a fault of the film itself as the idea is so good. It's just lacking drive or pacing or I'm not sure what ... (less)

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We need memories

I found Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind to be extremely intriguing. The entire concept was really interesting. As Jim Carrey's character, Joel, was in the midst of erasing the memories of his ex-girlfriend, he decided he'd rather keep those memories. So, the entire movie was pretty much about Joel playing mind games with himself in order to keep the memories of his time with his ex-girlfriend, Clementine (played by Kate Winslet). Mark Ruffalo and Kirsten Dunst both had fairly prominent roles in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind and I feel as though they played them very well. The film editing was very choppy, which did not appeal to me, but I can see that it was the desired effect. The ending of the film tied together quite nicely and it really made me stop and think.

I will definitely be watching this movie again. But maybe not at 3 am the next time around. It requires a lot of attention and thinking.

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I heard about this movie for sooooo long before I finally found it for free on the internet somewhere. (sorry). Made me cry and possibly induced an anxiety fit (most good movies do, though, right???) I'd like to make everyone I love watch this, but I also don't mind just continuing to watch it again on my own so I can just cry and think it's all good, remembering that I'd rather remember.

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Cast:

Small Clementine Kruczynski
Small Joel Barish
Small Patrick Wertz
Small Stan
Small Mary Svevo
Small Dr. Howard Mierzwiak
No_movie_poster Young Joel
Small Carrie
No_movie_poster Joel's mother
Small Rob
No_movie_poster Train Conducter
No_movie_poster Young Bully
No_movie_poster Young Bully
Small Young Bully
No_movie_poster Young Clementine
No_movie_poster Young Bully
No_movie_poster Rollerblader
No_movie_poster Hollis
No_movie_poster Frank

Crew:

Small Michel Gondry Director
Small Charlie Kaufman Screenplay
No_movie_poster Pierre Bismuth Story
No_movie_poster Jon Brion Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Ellen Kuras Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Anthony Bregman Producer
No_movie_poster Steve Golin Producer
No_movie_poster Chris Norr Camera Operator
Small Charlie Kaufman Story Contributor
Small Michel Gondry Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Pierre Bismuth Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Valdís Óskarsdóttir Editing

Taglines:

"I already forget how I used to feel about you."

Plot:

Emotionally withdrawn Joel Barish (Jim Carrey) and unhinged free spirit Clementine Kruczynski (Kate Winslet) strike up a relationship on a Long Island Rail Road train from Montauk, New York. They are almost immediately drawn to each other on account of their radically different personalities.

Although they apparently do not realize it at the time, Joel and Clementine are in fact former lovers, now separated after having spent two years together. After a nasty fight, Clementine hired the New York City firm Lacuna, Inc. to erase all her memories of their relationship. (The term "lacuna" means a gap or missing part; for instance, lacunar amnesia is a gap in one's memory about a specific event.) Upon discovering this, Joel is devastated and decides to undergo the procedure himself, a process that takes place while he sleeps.

Much of the film takes place in Joel's mind. As his memories are erased, Joel finds himself revisiting them in reverse. Upon seeing happier times of love with Clementine from earlier in their relationship, he struggles to preserve at least some memory of her and his love for her. Despite his efforts, the memories are slowly erased, with the last memory of Clementine telling him: "Meet me in Montauk".

In separate but related story arcs occurring during Joel's memory erasure, the employees of Lacuna are revealed to be more than peripheral characters. Patrick (Elijah Wood), one of the Lacuna technicians performing the erasure, is dating Clementine while viewing Joel's memories, and copying aspects of their relationship in order to seduce her. Mary (Kirsten Dunst), the Lacuna receptionist, turns out to have had an affair with Dr. Howard Mierzwiak (Tom Wilkinson), the married doctor who heads the company—a relationship which she agreed to have erased from her memory when it was discovered by his wife. Once Mary learns this, she quits her job and steals the company's records, then sends them out to all clients of the company.

Joel and Clementine come upon their Lacuna records shortly after re-encountering each other on the train. They react with shock and bewilderment, given that they have no clear memory of having known each other, let alone having had a relationship and having had their memories erased. Joel beckons Clementine to start over; Clementine initially resists, pointing out it could go the same way. Joel accepts this, and they decide to attempt a relationship anyway, starting their life together anew.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2012-04-30 : Ireland

Theatrical : 2012-04-30 : United Kingdom

Theatrical : 2004-05-13 : Hong Kong

Theatrical : 2004-05-20 : Austria

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Theatrical : 2005-03-19 : Japan

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Theatrical : 2004-03-19 : United States of America

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Theatrical : 2004-04-16 : Taiwan

Theatrical : 2004-04-23 : Greece

Theatrical : 2004-04-29 : Russia

2004-07-03 : Czech Republic

2004-09-09 : France

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2004-10-07 : Belgium

2004-12-04 : Indonesia

2005-02-27 : Japan