Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 2004
Independent films production company, Focus Features, has released some of my favorite movies. It is the art house films division of Universal. I really like their logo; it’s very artsy. One of their more successful films is, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Boasting a pretty stellar cast with Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood, and Tom Wilkinson, ES is one of the more unique story-lines I’ve encountered.
Joel (Carrey) and Clementine (Winslet) meet and strike up a relationship on a train from Montauk, NY. Joel is emotionally guarded and Clementine is a nutty, free spirit. This meeting, however, was not their first. In fact, they recently just separated after two years together, but do to a little procedure they both undergo, they don’t remember this. Most of the movie plays out in Joel’s mind as it is being erased by employees of Lacuna. These employees (Wood, Dunst, Ruffalo, and Wilkinson) all play peripheral roles in the main character’s lives, and we see these moments intermittently throughout the film.
The movie can get pretty depressing and high-strung at some points but I think it beautifully mirrors the arcing story of Joel an Clementine. It is quirky and insightful and can really make you think about choices you have made and the effect we have on each others lives. I, myself, love the ending. If you need a good film to stir your heart and mind, give Eternal Sunshine a shot.