This is the story of a guy, Joel, who discovers that his long-time girlfriend, Clementine, has undergone a psychiatrist's experimental procedure in which all of her memory of Joel is removed, after the couple has tried for years to get their relationship working fluidly. Frustrated by the idea of still being in love with a woman who doesn't remember their time together, Joel agrees to undergo the procedure as well, to erase his memories of Clementine.
The film, which takes place mostly within Joel's mind, follows his memories of Clementine backwards in time as each recent memory is replaced, and the procedure then goes on to the previous one, which is likewise seen, and then erased. Once the process starts, however, Joel realizes he doesn't really want to forget Clementine, so he starts smuggling her away into parts of his memory where she doesn't belong... which alters other things about his memories as well.
From acclaimed writer Charlie Kaufman and visionary director Michel Gondry comes ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND. An all-star ensemble cast shines in this comical and poignant look at break-ups, breakdowns and breakthroughs. Joel (Jim Carrey) is stunned to discover that his girlfriend, Clementine (2004 Academy Awards Best Actress nominee Kate Winslet), has had their tumultuous relationship erased from her mind. Out of desperation, he contacts the inventor of the process, Dr. Howard Mierzwiak (Tom Wilkinson), to get the same treatment. But as his memories of Clementine begin to fade, Joel suddenly realises how much he still loves her. Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo and Elijah Wood co-star in ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND - a memorable film that The Wall Street Journal calls "a romantic comedy unlike any other!"
Audio Commentary: Michel Gondry (Director) and Charlie Kaufman (Writer), Featurette: A Conversation With Jim Carrey and Director Michel Gondry, Featurette: A Look Inside Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Featurette: Lacuna Commercial, Music Video: Light and Day" performed by The Polyphonic Spree, Deleted Scenes
A strange surreal sort of movie. Jim Carrey plays against type in a serious role and does quite a good job. Also starring Kate Winslet , Kirsten Dunst and Elijah Wood. Carrey plays a man who discovers that his girlfriend [Winslet] has undergone a procedure to erase all memories of him. In his despair, Carrey undergoes the same procedure. Most of the story is told in flashbacks.
The concept and idea for the movie is original and intriguing. And the actors do a superb job. But I did find it slightly convoluting in parts.
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