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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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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. 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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MPAA:
Rated R for language, some drug and sexual content
Runtime:
108 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
DTS (as dts) | Dolby
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Unnoticed visual effects were used in the movie, that were not planned while shooting. In one shot, Clem is walking on the street while a car falls in the background. The whole background was replaced with a CG-background, including Clementine's other leg which disappeared, so the remaining leg was done with CGI. Another shot done in CGI was the house Clem and Joel were breaking into, which collapses in a 4-second shot.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: While on the train on the way from Montauk point, Joel and Clementine are shown to ride the train to their destination of Rockville Centre, NY but the Montauk branch of the Long Island Railroad only spans as far as Babylon, NY (a full 12 stops away from Rockville Centre, NY).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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in A Conversation with Kate and Michel (2005) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Oh My Darling, ClementineSee more »

FAQ

Where are Montauk, Rockville Centre, and "the frozen Charles?"
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?
What does Clementine sniff on the train, near the beginning?
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652 out of 760 people found the following review useful.
"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" is a bizarre but wonderful movie, a very strange and remarkably tender experience., 2 June 2004
Author: MovieAddict2014 from UK

"How happy is the blameless vestal's lot! The world forgetting, by the world forgot. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind! Each pray'r accepted, and each wish resign'd." - Alexander Pope

Michel Gondry's "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" is a bizarre but wonderful movie, a very strange and remarkably tender experience, which I suppose is only to be expected from screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, the man behind "Being John Malkovich."

The film was produced by Focus Features ("Lost in Translation," "21 Grams"), a company which strives to offer original, quality films to the true cinema lovers. If the company keeps producing films this good, they may become hugely successful in the future, if not already.

The previews portrayed the movie as a bouncy, cheery comedy in the vein of "Adaptation," the last film written for the big screen by Charlie Kaufman, when it is really a tender movie about love and romance. This is Jim Carrey's best performance to date, and may open the eyes of his prejudiced haters who have only imagined him as Ace Ventura and a certain cable guy for his entire career. No snippy quotes, outrageous humor or bizarre antics in "Sunshine" -- Carrey plays a true, realistic, three-dimensional character named Joel Barrish, who plans to have memories of his girlfriend, Clementine (Kate Winslet), erased by a new company called Lacuna, after he discovers that she herself has had the procedure performed only a week before. Joel meets with the company's founder, Dr. Howard Mierzwiak (Tom Wilkinson), and is informed that the procedure -- although "technically" brain damage -- is on par with a heavy night of drinking. "Nothing you'll miss much," he is told, as he plunges into a bizarre world of long forgotten memories.

The entire process of the operation is quite fascinating, really, if a bit reminiscent of an idea founded by none other than one of Kaufman's favorite writers, Philip K. Dick, who wrote the source short story for the Ah-nuld movie "Total Recall." All items relating to the person you want erased from your brain are assembled together, and the technicians at Lacuna (Mark Ruffalo and Elijah Wood) then "map" an outline of your memories, which are supposedly stemmed together. I have my doubts about the seriousness and remote possibility of such a procedure being performed, and the explanation is quite simply utter bull, but we don't care because the entire erasing of Joel's memories serves as a backdrop for a deeper meaning: If you could forget about past romances, would you really want to? And if so, would you be willing to sacrifice all the good ones, along with the bad ones?

The conclusion that "Sunshine" arrives at is, to be totally truthful, as honest as can be. During the procedure, Joel's subconscious realizes that it doesn't want to let go of its memories of Clementine, and so begins a strange labyrinth of fragmented memories, constantly changing surroundings, and mental materializations of Clementine. The movie is like a very bizarre dream, when you're trying to interact with people, but they're not responding, and you shout and try to get their attention but they don't seem to notice. Joel's entire odyssey of the interior of his mind makes "Being John Malkovich" look normal -- but as I didn't like "Malkovich" very much, and thought its strangeness was unjustified, it fits perfectly in "Sunshine" -- there are some great special effects, such as when Joel is wandering through his own memories, drifting in and out of sleep, hearing the voices of the technicians erasing his memories and watching as objects and areas around him vanish and deconstruct. It's so bizarre but yet also so beautiful. Gondry was a former music video director (his complete works are available on DVD) and he is the perfect candidate for this project, having worked with Kaufman before on the 2001 flop "Human Nature." It seems that he has finally found a unique directing style that ties in perfectly with the underlying themes of the movie.

There is a very deep message in "Sunshine," and it is arguably Kaufman's deepest film to date. Love and romance and memories of both have rarely been examined as thought-provokingly and tenderly as they are in this wonderful motion picture. The movie has a very profound message that all viewers should pay attention to. There are many small intricacies in the film, surely picked up on more thoroughly on repeat viewings, and the entire construction of the movie is completely enthralling and intelligent. I saw two people leave the rather empty theater during the screening I attended. It tanked in the US and I predict it will do the same in the UK, which is a shame, because this is the smartest film of 2004 and has the most to say about our lives than any other film this year. While everyone flocks to see the new Denzel Washington action movie, "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" is forgotten, which is quite depressing -- people would rather spend their money on forgettable entertainment than view something unique that has something important at its core.

I think what the movie finally asks us after its long, emotional journey, is would we want our own memories erased? And if so, what would the consequences be? A lesser film might examine this idea poorly -- "Sunshine" is not. It is perfect in almost every conceivable way, and anyone who complains that it is not original must be joking -- in my entire lifetime, this is one of the most unique film experiences I have ever had.

"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" is a beautiful movie, eloquently voiced by Gondry, firmly constructed and rooted in an eerie nightmarish fantasy land where anything is possible. It's beautiful, it's bizarre, it's exceptional, it's funny, it's lovely, it's touching, it's witty, and it's one of the best movies I have ever seen.

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