Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Michel Gondry (2003)

15 Certificate


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Welcome to the twilight zone of Charlie Kaufman, the man behind Being John Malkovich and Adaptation. and the most innovative writer in Hollywood today. In this inventive collaboration with music video director Michel Gondry (the duo also made eccentric comedy Human Nature together), Joel Barish (Jim Carrey) and Clementine Kruczynski (Kate Winslet) meet by chance, and lose their minds over each other. Literally. After their affair ends, Clementine decides she can't live with the memories and goes to Lacuna Inc, a quirky, modest business that erases unwanted recollections. Joel then discovers what Clementine has done and decides to follow suit. During the lengthy pre-credit sequence, we see the couple meet on an empty, windswept beach, but, as this bizarre film progresses, we begin to realise this is perhaps not the case - experience and history having diverged. This outing from Kaufman's oddball imagination is wonderfully intriguing, often touching and typically convoluted - he plays with chronology as effectively as Tarantino. The only minor quibbles are Carrey's understated performance and a slightly lacklustre ending.


A shy man struggling to cope with a recent break-up is horrified to learn his impulsive former girlfriend has had all recollection of their relationship erased from her mind. He gets even by having the same treatment, but during the procedure he relives their time together and falls for her again, leaving him determined to keep his memories. Michel Gondry's surreal romantic drama, with Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson and Elijah Wood.

Cast & Crew

Joel Barish Jim Carrey
Clementine Kruczynski Kate Winslet
Mary Kirsten Dunst
Stan Mark Ruffalo
Patrick Elijah Wood
Dr Howard Mierzwiak Tom Wilkinson
Carrie Jane Adams (2)
Rob David Cross (2)
Director Michel Gondry
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Momentum PicturesGuidance: Swearing and drug abuse. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 30 Apr 2004