Screen/Society--Nasher Film Series--'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind'
Film Screening: "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (Michel Gondry, 2004, 108 min, USA, in English, Color, Blu-Ray) / The second feature from director Michel Gondry ("Human Nature") finds the filmmaker reteaming with screenwriter Charlie Kaufman for this off-the-wall romantic comedy. Jim Carrey stars as Joel Barish, a man who is informed that his ex-girlfriend Clementine (Kate Winslet) has had her memories of their relationship erased from her brain via an experimental procedure performed by Dr. Mierzwiak (Tom Wilkinson). Not to be outdone, Joel decides to have the same procedure done to himself. As Mierzwiak's bumbling underlings Stan (Mark Ruffalo) and Patrick (Elijah Wood) perform the operation on Joel -- over the course of an evening, in his apartment -- Joel struggles in his own mind to save the memories of Clementine from being deleted. / -- Oscar Winner for Best Writing, Original Screenplay at Academy Awards (2005)! / -- Oscar Nomination for Best Actress in Leading Role (2005)! / "At its core, "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" could have been just another love story. Refracted through Kaufman's wonderfully weird prism, it's something truly memorable." - Christy Lemire, Associated Press / "The result is a cinematic vagueness that makes the film less aesthetic yet more persuasive. This is how dreams really look: like reality, only less so." - Christopher Orr, The Atlantic / Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GiLxkDK8sI