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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet




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.

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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

Main Cast & Crew

Michel Gondry - Director
Jim Carrey
Kate Winslet
Kirsten Dunst
Tom Wilkinson
Elijah Wood
Mark Ruffalo
David Cross

 

Details

Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Run Time: 108
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 025192073748
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (language, some drug and sexual content)
  • Release Date: September 2004

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Movies > Comedies

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Movie Reviews

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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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