Joel Barish (Carrey), a lonely, introverted New Yorker, discovers that his wild and talkative ex-girlfriend Clementine Kuczynski (Winslet, with ever-changing bright colors of hair), seems to have absolutely no memory of him. By accident, he learns that she had her mind wiped clean of him by a service called Lacuna, Inc. Joel confronts the scientist who heads the operation, Dr. Howard Mierzwiak (Wilkinson), and demands to have his memories of "Clem" removed as well. But as Mierzwiak's crazy team of assistants--Stan, Patrick, and Mary, played by Ruffalo, Wood, and Dunst--administer the procedure and Joel watches his good and bad memories disappear, he begins to have second thoughts and tries to escape or short-circuit the procedure while immobilized in his head. The other characters have their bad faith secrets, too. This kaleidoscopic 2004 film, written by Charlie Kaufman, the inventive pen behind "Being John Malkovich" and "Adaptation," is very tricky and unstable, but ultimately true to human emotion and connection. Carrey and Winslet do an incredible acting job. Don't miss this one!
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus
"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" tells the story of Joel Barish (Jim Carrey), a guy who makes an irrational decision to wipe his ex-girlfriend, Clementine (Kate Winslet), from his memory. After learning she has had the procedure done on herself, he rushes straight to the doctor who performed it (Tom Wilkenson), requesting the same thing be done to him.
Most of the film takes place in Joel's head as two geeky lab techs (Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood) use a computer to map out and delete all memories of Clementine in his brain, but the script contains several stories all interwoven brilliantly by screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. Under the expert direction of Michel Gondry, the film flows confidantly from one scene to the next as Joel's memories are erased, one by one.
As Joel begins to realize how much he enjoyed his time with Clementine, he subconsciously regrets his decision and stops responding to the treatment. A journey deep into Joel's psyche follows while the shrink and his assistants struggle to figure out what went wrong.
"Eternal Sunshine" is an intricate, yet refreshing cinematic masterpiece that will make its viewers contemplate how the past dictates the future as it irreversibly imprints itself on the audience's memory for good.
The review of this Movie prepared by Lisa D