Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind (2004)

Directed by Michel Gondry

Starring Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Elija Wood, Kirsten Dunst, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Ruffalo. 

This is one of those movies I remember the theater where I first saw it. It was a memorable film and to this day I see it as one of the most unique and original love stories. 

Joel and Clementine were complete opposites who fell in love. When things got hard between them and they had a big fight, Clementine decided to go and get a procedure that erases things from her memory, she went to erase Joel. When Joel finds out he decides to the same. The movie takes us inside Joel’s process of erasing Clementine starting from the memories of the hard times and when he suddenly decides he does not want to forget her he begins a race against the process to keep her memory. 

I saw this in a little theater on a Saturday and I just left the movie in awe of what I just saw. The originality of the story and how they showed the reality of relationships and how the good sometimes is more than the bad memories. The first thing I like to talk about is the story. It is drama, funny and has a mix of fantasy because the procedure does not exist. It is not a traditional love story and maybe that is why I love it so much. The characters are so well written, you understand both and sympathize with both about what they go through. The surrounding characters also add to the movie with their own stories and their own situations.  

The other thing I loved was the performances. I loved that they gave Jim Carrey the role of the quiet one and Kate Winslet the outspoken role. Jim Carrey gave what I think is his best performance of his career. Maybe it was the fact that Joel was the complete opposite of how Jim is and how he is often seen in his films. I love Carrey as an actor and here he showed how good he is. Kate Winslet is tremendous in this film, her character is really complex and yet so lovable and that has a lot to do with how she portrayed the character. The other character and storyline that I loved was the story of Kirsten Dunst character and Tom Wilkinson, both great actors both were great in the film. 

I have to say I was disappointed that the Oscars ignored the movie and Jim Carrey’s performance. It won a well deserved Oscar for original screenplay and Winslet was nominated for Best Actress. I don’t know if the film is for everyone, maybe not. But I believe it deserves a chance to be seen and then you decide if you like it or not. I went for it and I loved it. It gave me this feeling of holding on to my own memories even if life separated me from loved ones or friends, just hold on to the memories.

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