Archive of films Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind / Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

USA
2004, 108 min

Section: Tribute to Anonymous Content
Year: 2014

"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.” Michel Gondry’s cult movie tells a story of love between Joel and Clementine, a love so fated not even the latest science can overcome it. The onslaught of visual and plot ideas beckons the viewer on a wild ride through the dark recesses of a love-spotted mind.


Synopsis

"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.” This quotation from Alexander Pope reflects the feelings of an assistant at a company that specializes in erasing its clients’ painful memories – everything from the loss of a pet to breaking up with the love of their lives. Joel Barish, perfectly portrayed by Jim Carrey, wants to forget Clementine (Kate Winslet), an eccentric clerk at a bookstore who celebrates each new phase in her life by changing her hair color to something even more wild. But love is stronger than science, and Joel’s inner self decides to fight the controlled memory erasure. Even ten years later, this cult film has lost none of its inventiveness and engrossing playfulness. The onslaught of visual and plot ideas beckons the viewer on a manic ride through the dark recesses of a love-spotted mind.

About the director

Michel Gondry (b. 1963, Versailles, France) made his name as the director of award-winning music videos, having worked with dozens of leading artists since the 1990s, including Björk and The Rolling Stones. In 2001, he debuted with the tragicomedy Human Nature, based on a script by Charlie Kaufman. Gondry and Kaufman also cooperated on the romantic comedy Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), for which they won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Gondry followed up with The Science of Sleep (2006), the comedy Be Kind Rewind (2007), a segment of the anthology film Tokyo! (2008), the action comedy The Green Hornet (2011), and the original social study The We and the I (2012). His latest film Mood Indigo (L’écume des jours, 2013) opened the 48th Karlovy Vary.

About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Tribute to Anonymous Content
   
Director: Michel Gondry
Screenplay: Charlie Kaufman
Dir. of Photography: Ellen Kuras
Music: Jon Brion
Editor: Valdís Óskarsdóttir
Producer: Anthony Bregman, Steve Golin
Production: Anonymous Content
Coproduction: This Is That Productions
Cast: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Gerry Robert Byrne, Elijah Wood, Kirsten Dunst

Guests

Steve Golin

Production Company

Michael Sugar

Production Company


Dave Fierson

Producer

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