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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
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Directed By
Michel Gondry

Written By:
Charlie Kaufman

Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Victor Rasuk, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Wilkinson, Elijah Wood

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
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Movie Review by Melissa
November 18th, 2007

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I saw this movie in the best little 'indie' theatre in my state. I awaited its arrival like a little girl awaits Christmas morning. And I must say I was NOT let down. Easily this film is in my top five favorite films of all time. As Zara said, you either 'get it', or you don't. I watch it literally every month. Not even when I'm depressed, but when I am in the mood for an overall great film. The story, acting and filming are all beautiful and well-expressed.

You don't have to be a genius to get this movie. You just need an open-mind and an open heart.

Eternal Sunshine is the story about love, loss, and the measures we go to in order to forget. It is hard for me to explain exactly what happens, and how, without ruining the movie for you. Two ex-lovers go to the same medical office and get a memory-erasing procedure done. In the course of erasing all of his memories, Joel (Jim Carrey) realizes how good the good times were, despite the bad times. In the middle of his memories, (this procedure is done while you are asleep) he decides to escape to his non-Clementine memories (Clementine is played by Kate Winslet) and hide out with her in his childhood and teenage years.

It sounds confusing to explain, but watching it was fluid and beautiful. There are a couple of ex-boyfriends I would LOVE to erase from my life, but knowing that heartache and struggle has made me a better person. If you hate this movie, or just don't "get it"...we probably wouldn't get along. At all. But that is besides the point.

After I watched it, I felt alive. No movie (aside from 'Lars and the Real Girl') had ever touched my soul in a way this one has. I guarantee even if you don't 'get it', you will appreciate Jim Carrey for stepping out of his usual slapstick roles and coming into a movie and acting his finest. Kate Winslet does an amazing job. Kirsten Dunst, although she can be quite annoying in 98% if the films she does, is quite good in this one. And Elijah Wood is a creepy son of a b*tch.

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