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'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' is an offbeat love story

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind


Today's recommendation in Valentine's week is the engaging and offbeat 2004 film "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." A little bit science-fiction, a little bit love story, this movie has something for everyone.

In "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," Joel Barish (played by Jim Carrey) goes to a company that will erase his memory of a relationship that recently ended badly. His hurt is so profound that he wants the memories of his former girlfriend, Clementine (played by Kate Winslet), deleted from his brain. The procedure is done by two technicians (played by Mark Ruffalo and Elijah Wood). It begins with memories from the end of the relationship and moves toward the beginning. The memories from the end are bad, and Joel is happy to get rid of them. But as the procedure goes on, he finds that he has several good memories that he wants to preserve. He tries to stop the procedure, but is only partially successful.

"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" has an amazing cast. Jim Carrey is perfect as the conflicted Joel. His work here is much different than most of his usually audacious performances. It is much darker as Joel is often depressed and unhappy. Kate Winslet is equally good as Clementine. Her performance earned an Academy Award nomination.

The movie won an Academy Award for its screenplay. It is unorthodox and very insightful about relationships, in spite of the improbable premise.

"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" is well-worth watching for people looking for a unique love story.