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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
- Jim Carrey

Overview - ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND is an unconventional romance told in the abstract, inventive, and comedic storytelling style of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. Like his scripts for ADAPTATION and BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, this plot works off of a relatively complex idea that is more easily explained through the language of film than through words.  Read more...

 
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Overview

ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND is an unconventional romance told in the abstract, inventive, and comedic storytelling style of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. Like his scripts for ADAPTATION and BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, this plot works off of a relatively complex idea that is more easily explained through the language of film than through words. In its most basic description, Joel (Jim Carrey) is undergoing a medical procedure to erase the memory of his ex-girlfriend, Clementine (Kate Winslet). However, while he is unconscious and the procedure is underway, he takes a journey through his mind, reliving moments with Clementine for fear of losing her forever. Using disjointed sound and action, foggy periods indicating Joel's confusion, and flashbacks to childhood where objects appear much bigger than they are to adult eyes, the cinematography communicates Joel's dilemma with visual hilarity. Only occasionally is the film laugh-out-loud funny; instead it is much more deeply and darkly amusing as the absurdity of the situation grows. ETERNAL SUNSHINE is nothing short of brilliant--a credit to director Michel Gondry (who has a topnotch reputation for his aesthetic music videos by artists such as Bjork). Carrey is wonderfully understated in the role of a simpleminded nice guy, and his signature goofiness is used only a handful of times. Winslet lights up the screen with her blue hair and orange sweatshirt, playing a lively free spirit and loose cannon. There are also strong supporting performances by Kirsten Dunst, Elijah Wood, and Mark Ruffalo, along with an excellent score by Jon Brion and a peppy soundtrack including songs by E.L.O. and the Polyphonic Spree. The film's conclusion promises to satisfy viewers; it offers a beautiful metaphor for the end of a love affair that brings perfect closure to this excellent film.

Awards:
2004 - Academy Awards - Best Original Screenplay Winner

Cast List

Steve Golin - American Producer
Michel Gondry - Director, HUMAN NATURE (2002)
Charlie Kaufman - Screenwriter
Kate Winslet - Osca-winning British actress, THE READER, TITANIC (1997), ET
Mark Ruffalo - Actor
Elijah Wood - American actor
Thomas Jay Ryan - Actor "Henry Fool"
Pierre Bismuth - Story, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS... (2004)
Jon Brion - Composer, THE BREAK-UP (2006)
Melissa Toth - Costume Designer, TAKE THE LEAD (2006)
Jane Adams - American actress, HAPPINESS/THE ANNIVERSARY PARTY
Tom Wilkinson - British Actor
Kirsten Dunst - American actor, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE/BRING IT ON
Valdis Oskarsdottir - Editor
David L. Bushell
Anthony Bregman - Producer
Dan Leigh - Production Designer, THE LAST KISS (2006)
David Cross - Comedian, MR. SHOW
Jim Carrey - Canadian actor/comedian
James Carrey - Canadian actor/comedian
Ellen Kuras - American Cinematographer
Glenn Williamson - Executive Producer, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOT... (2004)
Georges Bermann - Executive Producer, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOT... (2004)

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 108
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 025192395925
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (language, some drug and sexual content)
  • Release Date: September 2017

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Theatrical Release: MARCH 19, 2004

Reviews:
"Gondry and the pitch-perfect actors have crafted a remarkable film that can coax a smile about making the same mistakes in love and then sneak up and quietly break your heart." - 04/01/2004 Rolling Stone, p.96


"[A] masterpiece....Kate Winslet is truly remarkable....The supporting cast is brilliant..." - 04/01/2004 Premiere, p.22-4


"[Gondry] can define contradictory emotions with extraordinary clarity and alacrity. It's why he's so suited to handling much of this particular Kaufman script." - 03/19/2004 New York Times, p.E13


"ETERNAL SUNSHINE is more than anything else deeply sincere." - 03/19/2004 Los Angeles Times, p.E1


"Watching ETERNAL SUNSHINE, you don't just watch a love story - you fall in love with what love really is." - 03/26/2004 Entertainment Weekly, p.50-1


"ETERNAL SUNSHINE has an emotional center, and that's what makes it work." - 03/19/2004 Chicago Sun-Times, p.27


"Going to the movies would be an eternally wondrous experience if more movies were as smart, ambitious, offbeat and emotionally rich as ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND." - 03/19/2004 USA Today, p.1E


"There's a tenderness and a wistfulness to Kaufman's writing and Carrey's performance..." - 05/01/2004 Box Office, p.31


"It's another screenwriting triumph for the prodigiously gifted Charlie Kaufman, directed with visionary panache by Michel Gondry." - 11/01/2004 Uncut, p.157


5 stars out of 5 -- "ETERNAL SUNSHINE is a profound and heart-clenching romantic fantasy....This is a film to own and cherish forever." - 08/01/2007 Ultimate DVD, p.85


"A romantic comedy unlike any other, this gorgeous phantasmagoria takes a question that's been posed by poets across the ages -- of what is love compounded? -- and examines it through fanciful scans of a scorned lover's cortex." - 12/03/2010 Wall Street Journal

 
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