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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind -- A couple undergo a procedure to erase each other from their memories when their relationship turns sour, but it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind -- A couple undergo a procedure to erase each other from their memories when their relationship turns sour, but it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind -- A couple undergo a procedure to erase each other from their memories when their relationship turns sour, but it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.

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19 March 2004 (USA) See more »
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I already forget how I used to feel about you. See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 64 wins & 62 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Directed by
Michel Gondry 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Charlie Kaufman (story) &
Michel Gondry (story) &
Pierre Bismuth (story)

Charlie Kaufman (screenplay)

Produced by
Georges Bermann .... executive producer
Anthony Bregman .... producer
David L. Bushell .... executive producer (as David Bushell)
Linda Fields .... associate producer (as Linda Fields Hill)
Steve Golin .... producer
Michael Jackman .... associate producer (as Michael A. Jackman)
Charlie Kaufman .... executive producer
Glenn Williamson .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Jon Brion 
 
Cinematography by
Ellen Kuras (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Valdís Óskarsdóttir  (as Valdis Oskarsdottir)
 
Casting by
Jeanne McCarthy  (as Jeanne Mccarthy)
 
Production Design by
Dan Leigh 
 
Art Direction by
David Stein 
 
Set Decoration by
Ron von Blomberg  (as Ron Von Blomberg)
 
Costume Design by
Melissa Toth 
 
Makeup Department
Michelle Johnson .... key hair stylist (as D. Michelle Johnson)
Peter Owen .... wigs
Kyra Panchenko .... key makeup artist
Francesca Paris .... hair stylist: Mr. Carrey
Noriko Watanabe .... hair stylist: Ms. Winslet
Noriko Watanabe .... makeup artist: Ms. Winslet
Allen Weisinger .... makeup artist: Mr. Carrey
Rose Chatterton .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Nicki Ledermann .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Evelyne Noraz .... additional key makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Ray Angelic .... assistant unit production manager
David L. Bushell .... unit production manager (as David Bushell)
Michael Jackman .... post-production supervisor (as Michael A. Jackman)
Jeff Roth .... executive in charge of post-production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scott Ferguson .... second assistant director
Michael Hausman .... first assistant director
Peter Thorell .... second second assistant director
Noelle Stehman .... additional second assistant director (uncredited)
Adam T. Weisinger .... additional second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Liz Bonaventura .... scenic (as Elizabeth Bonaventura)
James Boniece .... key construction grip
Garf Brown .... scenic
Brian Buteau .... set dresser
Ruth Deleon .... on-set dresser (as Ruth A. DeLeon)
Paul George Divone .... shop craftsman
James Donahue .... scenic
Natalie N. Dorset .... assistant set decorator
David Scott Gagnon .... set dresser (as D. Scott Gagnon)
Emily Gaunt .... scenic
Jonathan Graham .... key construction grip
Roman Greller .... set dresser
Anne Beiser Haywood .... charge scenic
Brent Haywood .... construction coordinator
James Hoff .... camera scenic (as Hollis James Hoff)
Miguel Jimenez .... key construction electric
Roberto Jiménez .... key construction electric (as Roberto Jiminez)
Hinju Kim .... assistant art director
Zbigniew 'Ziggy' Kouros .... key construction grip (as Zbigniew Kouros)
Julius Kozlowski .... scenic
Gordon Krause .... key shop craftsman
Kevin Ladson .... property master
Mark Lane-Davies .... scenic
Michael Leather .... leadperson (as Mike Leather)
Addy McClelland .... art department coordinator
Mike Melchiove .... shop craftsman
Nick Miller .... construction coordinator (as Nicholas R. Miller)
Ronald Miller .... shop craftsman
Scott P. Murphy .... assistant art director
Morgan Pitts .... props
Paul Proch .... creator: Joel's sketchbook
Sean Robinson .... key shop craftsman
John Roche .... set dresser
Sam Z. Rogers .... shop scenic
R. Vincent Smith .... assistant property master
Patricia Sprott .... scenic foreman
Robert Vaccariello .... foreman shop craftsman (as Robert A. Vaccariello)
Andrew M. Velechenko .... shop craftsman (as Andrew M. Velenchenko)
Derrick Alford .... carpenter (uncredited)
Eric Bryant .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Scott Paige .... props (uncredited)
Jeffrey Rollins .... set dresser (uncredited)
Ray Tintori .... art department intern (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Kam Chan .... foley editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (as Marko Constanzo)
Chris Fielder .... assistant sound editor
Eugene Gearty .... sound designer
Eugene Gearty .... sound re-recording mixer
Frank Kern .... supervising foley editor
George A. Lara .... foley mixer (as George Lara)
Marissa Littlefield .... adr editor
Tommy Louie .... boom operator
Tom Nelson .... sound mixer (as Thomas Nelson)
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Fred Rosenberg .... dialogue editor
Kira Smith .... utility sound technician
Reilly Steele .... sound re-recording mixer
Philip Stockton .... supervising sound editor
Paul Urmson .... sound effects editor
Steven Visscher .... foley editor (as Steve Visscher)
Larry Wineland .... assistant sound editor
Alexa Zimmerman .... apprentice sound editor
Kyle Godbey .... sound effects intern (uncredited)
Christopher Harvengt .... adr supervisor (uncredited)
Nigel Heath .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Hal Levinsohn .... adr editor (uncredited)
Bob Olari .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Greg Steele .... adr mixer (uncredited)
David Warzynski .... foley assistant (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Mark Bero .... special effects
Drew Jiritano .... special effects coordinator
Thomas Viviano .... special effects (as Thomas L. Viviano)
 
Visual Effects by
Tricia Barrett .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects
Ryan Beadle .... i/o: Custom Film Effects
Steve Caldwell .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects
Mark Dornfeld .... visual effects supervisor: Custom Film Effects
Brent Ekstrand .... lead animator
Michele Ferrone .... visual effects producer: Custom Film Effects
Martin Garner .... computer graphics supervisor
Adam Gass .... digital editorial: Custom Film Effects
R.J. Harbour .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects (as RJ Harbour)
Shaina Holmes .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects
Ara Khanikian .... inferno flame artist: Buzz Image Group
Melanie La Rue .... coordinator: Buzz Image Group (as Mélanie Larue)
Alexandre Lafortune .... 3-d animator: Buzz Image Group
Pierre-Simon Lebrun-Chaput .... matte painter: Buzz Image Group
Stéphane Loiselle .... coordinator: Buzz Image Group
François Lord .... 3-d animator: Buzz Image Group
Francois Metivier .... senior inferno artist: Buzz Image Group (as François Métivier)
Lori C. Miller .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects (as Lori Miller)
Louis Morin .... visual effects supervisor: Buzz Image Group
Martin Pelletier .... 3-d animator: Buzz Image Group
L. Elizabeth Powers .... digital supervisor: Custom Film Effects (as Laurie Powers)
Glenn Silver .... 3-d animator: Buzz Image Group
David Smithson .... data wrangler: Custom Film Effects
Mary C. Snyder .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects (as Mary C. Hoffer)
Robin Tremblay .... lead matte painter: Buzz Image Group
Gabriel Tremblay-Beauvais .... 3-d animator: Buzz Image Group (as Gabriel Tremblay)
Amani Williams .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects
Derek Bird .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Jacqueline Cooper .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Dennis Dorney .... digital lineup (uncredited)
Pam Kray .... 16mm projectionist (uncredited)
Alexandre Lafortune .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Kevin Lin .... digital cleanup artist (uncredited)
Thomas Mathai .... data manager (uncredited)
Mark Sawicki .... effects photography (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Danny Aiello III .... stunt player
Bill Anagnos .... stunt player (as Billy Anagnos)
E.J. Evans .... stunt player
John R. Favre .... stunt player (as John Favre)
Stephanie Finochio .... stunt player
Cort Hessler .... stunt player (as Cort Hessler III)
Artie Malesci .... stunt player
Peewee Piemonte .... stunt player
Stephen A. Pope .... stunt player (as Stephen Pope)
Michael Russo .... stunt player (as Mike Russo)
Brian Smyj .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Agliata .... camera operator: "b" camera
Robert M. Andres .... key grip (as Bob Andres)
Alison Barton .... grip
Angela Bellisio .... camera loader
Braden Belmonte .... second assistant camera
Kelly Britt .... board operator
Tony Campenni .... grip
Mel Cannon .... grip
Sam Chase .... genny operator (as Samuel Chase)
Lamont Crawford .... dolly grip
Andrea Cronin-Souza .... electrician
Paul Daley .... rigging gaffer
James Domorski .... 24 frame playback
Stanley Fernandez Jr. .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Ray Flynn .... rigging electric (as Raymond Flynn)
Carlos Omar Guerra .... first assistant camera (as Carlos Guerra)
David Lee .... still photographer (as David C. Lee)
Kevin McKenna .... video playback operator
John C. Nadeau .... gaffer (as John Nadeau)
Chris Norr .... camera operator
Martin Nowlan .... best boy rigging electric
John Panuccio .... key rigging grip (as Jack Panuccio)
Joseph Quirk .... gaffer: New York
Christopher Raymond .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Darren Ryan .... 24 frame playback
Mark Schmidt .... additional camera operator
Chris Skutch .... best boy grip
Mark Summers .... best boy electric
Joseph Trammell .... 24 frame playback supervisor (as Joe Trammell)
Richard Yacuk .... best boy rigging grip
Fernando Gayesky .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Michael N. Green .... additional electrician (uncredited)
Jeff Lomaglio .... grip (uncredited)
Hernan Otaño .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Justin Panzanaro .... rigging electric: New York (uncredited)
Joshua Van Praag .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Blythe Cappello .... casting: Los Angeles
Linda R. Chen .... casting assistant: New York (as Linda Chen)
Natasha Cuba .... casting associate
Sage Lehman .... casting assistant: New York
Kristian Sorge .... extras casting assistant
John Srednicki .... casting assistant: Los Angeles
Grant Wilfley .... extras casting
Melissa Farnum .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cara Czekanski .... additional costumer
Lisa R. Frucht .... wardrobe supervisor (as Lisa Frucht)
Jill Kliber .... assistant costume designer
David Page .... costumer: Mr. Carrey
Deirdre N. Williams .... wardrobe supervisor
Colleen Morris .... tailor (uncredited)
Laura Steinman .... costume dyer/distresser (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Kenny Becker .... color timer: DeLuxe
Angela Beresford .... post-production assistant
Michael Eaves .... digital intermediate: EFilm (as Mike Eaves)
Chad Gunderson .... high-definition dailies and conforming: Laser Pacific
James Haygood .... additional editor
Mike Kennedy .... digital intermediate: EFilm
Loan Phan .... digital intermediate: EFilm
David A. Smith .... assistant editor
Andre Tréjo .... high-definition dailies and conforming: Laser Pacific (as Andre Trejo)
Jeffrey M. Werner .... additional editor
Katrina Whalen .... post-production assistant
Paul Zucker .... additional editor
Valance Eisleben .... high definition editorial services (uncredited)
Jack Lewars .... assistant color timer: EFilm (uncredited)
Martha Pike .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
Jeff Schweikart .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Steve Bartek .... orchestrator
Christine Bergren .... music clearances
Tom Biller .... music recordist
Dana Bourke .... additional music engineer
Jon Brion .... conductor
Jon Brion .... music producer
Tass Filipos .... music editor (as Anastassios Filipos)
Peter Gordon .... orchestrator
Jason Gossman .... additional music engineer
Chris Holmes .... additional music engineer
Kathy Nelson .... music guru
Jen Pray .... music consultant (as Jennifer Pray)
Steven Rhodes .... additional music engineer
Reed Ruddy .... additional music engineer
Edgardo Simone .... orchestrator
Patrick Spain .... additional music engineer
Nick Vidar .... music programmer
Greg Hamilton .... additional music preparer (uncredited)
Jim Keltner .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Robert Puff .... music preparation (uncredited)
Nick Vidar .... music editor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Ed Battista .... driver (as Edward Battista)
Theodor A. Brown .... driver (as Theodore A. Brown)
John Canavan .... driver
Salvatore Cicone .... driver (as Salvatore Ciccone)
Charles Clark .... driver
Peter Clores .... driver
Thomas Crehan .... driver (as Thomas Crehanm)
Mike Easter .... transportation co-captain (as Michael C. Easter)
Jerry Featherstone .... driver
Mo Fitzgerald .... driver (as Moe Fitzgerald)
William K. Gaskins .... transportation captain
Irv Gooch .... picture cars
William Gore .... driver (as William Gore Jr.)
Joseph L. Johnson .... driver
Paul Kane .... driver
Dennis Kelly .... driver (as Dennis J. Kelly)
James Kelly .... driver (as James F. Kelly)
Herb Lieberz .... driver: Ms. Winslet
Scott Lieberz .... driver
Bobby Marsh .... driver (as Robert Marsh)
Tom Mawyer .... driver (as Tom Moyer)
Jerry McMullan .... driver: Mr. Carrey
Richard Nelson Jr. .... driver
David M. Salisbury .... driver
William T. Stuart .... driver
Francis Volpe .... driver
Timothy J. Wood .... driver
 
Other crew
Sebastián Almeida .... intern (as Sebastian Almeida)
Stefanie Azpiazu .... assistant: Mr. Bregman
Hilary Basing .... intern
Nicholas R. Bell .... production assistant (as Nick Bell)
Fred Berger .... intern
Dotan Bonen .... security: Mr. Carrey
Christian Brockey .... assistant production coordinator
Bobb Bruno .... assistant: Jon Brion
Brian Cantaldi .... first assistant accountant
David Catalano .... production assistant
Linda R. Chen .... intern (as Linda Chen)
Ben Conable .... production assistant (as Benjamin Conable)
Mary Cybulski .... script supervisor
Robert Darwell .... production attorney: Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton
Liesl Davis .... intern (as Liesel Elain Davis)
Philip DeRise .... production secretary
Stephanie DeTiege .... assistant: Mr. Carrey (as Stephanie Detiege)
Kat Donahue .... location assistant
Maureen Duffy .... completion guarantor: Film Finances
Tracy Ershow .... production assistant
Kathleen Fellegara .... on-set medic (as Kathy Fellegara)
Rich Fellegara .... on-set medic
Frances Fiore .... unit publicist
Noah Fox .... production assistant
Andrew Goodman .... production assistant
Kristy Hamer .... accounting assistant
Amro Hamzawi .... assistant: Mr. Gondry
Susan Hegarty .... dialect coach: Ms. Winslet
Arthur Hur .... assistant: Michel Gondry
Lindsey Jaffin .... office production assistant
Cynthia Kao .... production assistant
Kate Karbowniczek .... production assistant
Erica Kay .... production coordinator
Matthew G. King .... production assistant
David Koch .... production assistant
Sage Lehman .... intern
Chris Marsh .... assistant location manager (as Christopher Marsh)
Patrick McDonald .... key set production assistant
Hillary Meyer .... payroll accountant (as Hillary R. Meyer)
Valerie Nolan .... intern
Alison Norod .... production assistant
Oona Overholtzer .... assistant: Mr. Kaufman
Derek Pastures .... parking coordinator
Currie Person .... location assistant
Michal Podell .... production attorney: Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton
Ruth Pollock .... assistant: Ms. Winslet (as Ruth Pollack)
Chris Prapha .... assistant: Mr. Golin
Gary S. Rake .... production assistant
Adrian Scartascini .... assistant: Mr. Gondry
Jeff Schlesinger .... assistant: Mr. Bushell
Paula Schmit .... completion guarantor: Film Finances
Eugy Septimo .... intern
Aleta Shaffer .... assistant: Mr. Gondry
Talley Singer .... second assistant: Mr. Carrey (as Taylor Singer)
Debbie Stampfle .... production assistant
Greg Trattner .... completion guarantor: Film Finances (as Gregory Trattner)
Daniel Tresca .... location assistant (as Dan Tresca)
Gayle Vangrofsky .... location manager
Andy Wheeler .... production accountant
Alex Zoppa .... intern
Andrew Zoppa .... intern
Zach Zoppa .... intern (as Zachary Zoppa)
Dylan Gallagher .... photo double: Jim Carrey (uncredited)
Amber Gristak .... stand-in: Kate Winslet (uncredited)
Kristen Marie Holly .... stand-in: Kirsten Dunst (uncredited)
Matthew Makar .... production assistant (uncredited)
Cyril Merle .... assistant: Michel Gondry (uncredited)
Tony Muro .... publicist (uncredited)
Jimmy Price .... location scout (uncredited)
Jennifer Skyler .... stand-in: Kate Winslet (uncredited)
Jeremiah Zazueta .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Karen Baird .... special thanks
Ted Baker .... the producers wish to thank
Heidi Bivens .... special thanks
Gerry Robert Byrne .... special thanks
Anne Carey .... special thanks
Kevin Dillon .... special thanks
Paul Dorf .... the producers wish to thank
Cyril Drabinsky .... special thanks
John Fluevog .... the producers wish to thank
Julie Fong .... special thanks
Paul Frank .... the producers wish to thank
Dr. Hauschka .... the producers wish to thank
Ted Hope .... special thanks
Betsey Johnson .... the producers wish to thank
Will Keenan .... special thanks
Laura Kightlinger .... special thanks
Drew Kunin .... special thanks
J.F. Lazartigue .... the producers wish to thank
Steve Madden .... the producers wish to thank
Laura Madrigano .... the producers wish to thank
Nicole Miller .... the producers wish to thank
Susan E. Morse .... special thanks (as Susan Morse)
Thomas Pink .... the producers wish to thank
Ellen Pompeo .... special thanks
Victor Rasuk .... special thanks
Amy Rosen .... special thanks
Leon Silverman .... special thanks
Gwenn Smith .... the producers wish to thank: Long Island Jewish Medical Center (as Dr. Gwenn Smith)
John Srednicki .... special thanks
Diana Victor .... special thanks
Karen Walker .... the producers wish to thank
The Zacks .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Rated R for language, some drug and sexual content
Runtime:
108 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
"Thanks" to its Italian title translation ("Se mi lasci ti cancello"), every Italian watching the movie had been expecting a comedy and surely they were disappointed. Instead, the movie is very dramatic and very saddening. The right translation of the title should be "L'eterno splendore d'una mente immacolata".See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Members of the public can be seen waving to the camera while Joel is driving in his car.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Soundtrack:
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FAQ

Since dream Clem is just a figment of Joel's imagination, how does she know to meet him in Montauk?
What happened at the end of the film? Will Joel and Clementine remain together?
If it was merely Joel's constructed memory of Clementine that told him to meet her at Montauk after his memory wipe, then how did the real Clem know to meet him there?
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312 out of 378 people found the following review useful.
an modern artistic triumph for all involved, 27 October 2004
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Michel Gondry, credited as the director and co-writer of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, is only partly responsible for the success that the film achieves. He implements a awe-inspiring blend of style to a story that is perfectly non-linear. But then there is also the madman genius of the current screen writing plane- Charlie Kaufman- who has written three of the most ingenious, funny, and human of "little" Hollywood movies (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind). He understands, and perhaps likely experienced to a degree, what a relationship holds to- the truth, to understanding, and then when it ends, how out memory changes the relationship. Enter in the concept that makes 'Eternal Sunshine' something of a un-official science fiction film - the Lacuna corporation, led by Tom Wilkinson's character, can erase just one person out of your memory, all of the experiences that you and the significant other had. So, when Joel (Jim Carrey) goes in to erase his memory of Clementine (Kate Winslet) after finding out she did just the same, he enters into a mind-warp. He goes through memories they had, happy ones, sad ones, some that are just what makes up what you have emotionally with the one you've loved. And sometimes, and to the behest of the assistants of Lacuna (Kirsten Dunst, Elijah Wood, Mark Ruffalo), Joel doesn't want them all to be erased.

As I mentioned, the plot is non-linear, which could've gone the wrong way if not done with skill. With a film like 21 Grams, which has a talented director and cast, the non-linear structure isn't necessary. But it's an asset that the story doesn't start from A to Z. To assist Gondry with this, he has the extraordinary Ellen Kuras as DP and Valdís Óskarsdóttir, an editor from Iceland. Their collaboration is crucial with Gondry and Kaufman (and co-writer Pierre Bismuth), as they bring all of these un-real images a real quality. Quite simply, there isn't a finer example of surrealism crossbred with realism in any other American film so far this year. The usage of lights, cuts, and with the kinds of special effects not expected (i.e. no CGI), add to the effect it has on a viewer. That the characters of Joel and Clementine are as enveloping as they are is also a credit to Kaufman.

But then there's one more part that completes the success of the film - the acting. Jim Carrey, very simply, is at his very best. He finds a balance from certain scenes in being like people we see everyday, feeling low, not much of interest, inward. And then when the memory erases begin, we get to see him act funny, but not like the kind of humor he brought with Ace Ventura or Dumb and Dumber. This is Carrey knowing this character just well enough to play off his counterpart, played by Winslet. She, meanwhile, is perhaps at her best. Her character is eccentric, funny, insightful, and wanting. She pulls it off. As do the supporting actors.

There's not much more I can say about this film, except to say that even after seeing it three times, I feel like I could watch it over and over and see a new shot, a new sequence, and new set of emotions tied to things. It's very likely one of the great romantic comedies of the decade. A+

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