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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


You can erase someone from your mind. Getting them out of your heart is another story. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

19 March 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eterno resplandor de una mente sin recuerdos  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$34,126,138 (USA) (18 June 2004)

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Did You Know?


Before Jim Carrey expressed interest in playing Joel, Nicolas Cage was considered for the role. See more »


When Clementine goes to Joel's building foyer, and meets Joel's neighbor (the "McRomance" guy), the actor waiting to walk into the scene is reflected in the door. See more »


[first lines]
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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Crazy Credits

The credits are right justified, versus the usual center justified credits. See more »


Referenced in The Vampire Diaries: Do You Remember the First Time? (2014) See more »


Light And Day/Reach For The Sun
Written by Tim DeLaughter (as Timothy DeLaughter)
Performed by The Polyphonic Spree
Courtesy of Hollywood Records
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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.


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