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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

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When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.

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A man, Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend Clementine underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realizes that he still loves her, and may be too late to correct his mistake. Written by anonymous

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Our memories makes us who we are. You can't change the past. See more »

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Rated R for language, some drug and sexual content | See all certifications »

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19 March 2004 (USA)  »

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Eterno resplandor de una mente sin recuerdos  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$8,175,198 (USA) (19 March 2004)

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$1,747,623 (Japan) (8 April 2005)
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Trivia

The poem "Eloisa to Abelard", read within the film as an explanation of its title, was used in Charlie Kaufman's earlier project Being John Malkovich (1999). See more »

Goofs

Many of the continuity errors listed here may well be deliberate. In the DVD extras, the movie makers explain that they played with the continuity to underline the struggle between the doctor and technicians trying to erase the memories and Joel trying to hold on to them. See more »

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Joel: [voice over] random thoughts for Valentine's day, 2004. Today is a holiday invented by greeting card companies to make people feel like crap.
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The text in the opening credits appears quickly and then slowly withers away, like a memory. See more »

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Referenced in This Is Where I Leave You (2014) See more »

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Concerto No. 8 in D Major, Opus 99
by Charles-Auguste de Beriot
Courtesy of Naxos of America
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A deep and personal marvel!
23 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

this is my favorite movie of 2004 and definitely one of the top in my all-time favorite lists!

Eternal touched a certain part of you, your heart that most shows never did. or rather could never did. it shows the fragility of a relationship. people want to erase bad memories of a failed relationship yet at the same time, cant bear to part with the good ones! how so can that be done? how can you erase bad memories and saved good ones only? Carrey and Winslet did a perfect job acting as Joel and Clementine respectively. Arguably one of their career best so far. its a pleasant surprise to see the man behind "The Mask" playing such a quiet and introvert role. Kate, on the other hand, brought Clementine to new heights as the bubbly and brutally honest lass who you love and hate.

Eternal is a definite marvel, a feat in itself. its rich and flamboyant yet fragile. it brings the audience to such a personal level it hurts. especially when both cant seem to escape from the erasure.

well-done!


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