Imagine, you just got out of a long intense relationship and a doctor gives you the possibility to let you forget your ex-lover’s entire existence. No longer crying for hours while playing sad break up music in the background, no more sleepless nights, no more obsessive checking of their facebook page, it won’t hurt when they’ll hook up with someone new and you will finally be able to eat again. In short: you will be able to go on with your live as if nothing has happened. You will completely forget about your ex and the relationship you’ve had. But there is a catch: not only will you forget the bad stuff, but also all of the lovely memories you made together. Would you do it?
In The Enternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Joel (Jim Carey) has to answer that question when he finds out his ex-girlfriend Clementine (Kate Winslet) erased him from her life and memories after their break-up. Pure desperation and hurt eventually make him choose to undergo the same procedure. He feels betrayed and wants to forget about Clementine as soon as possible, just like she did with him. Though he fails to consider one importing thing: how precious those good memories actually are to him. By then, it is already too late.
The first time Joel and Clementine meet.
What follows is a film in which we see Joel desperately clinging on to his memories with Clementine. Not only the good ones, but also the bad memories become precious to him. We see them when they are fighting, when they are making love, we see them doing everyday stuff and we see them during their happiest times. Joel tries to hide all those memories. He does not want the doctor to erase them. But will it work? Or will the doctor succeed and let Joel forget all about Clementine? And if so, will this also mean the end for their relationship or will they be together no matter what?
Joel’s memories are messed up when Clementine in one scene suddenly acts as his mother.
The things I love most about this film are probably the characters and their interesting relationships. Kate Winslet plays the role of a psycho bitch (sorry, no better way to describe it I guess) and Jim Carey is just SO good as Joel. I’m used to Jim being the crazy one, but for this film Kate has gone all out on that one! I think the casting is perfect and they play this crazy couple so convincingly. Clementine and Joel challenge each other and may not always bring out the best in the other, but all in all they are very cute together. Kirsten Dunst also has a small but very convincing part in this film as a girl who falls hopelessly in love with her boss.
Other than that it it a very original story. It will fascinate you (if not only for all the different haircolors Clementine dons in this film) and it made me think about life and relationships in general. Let me put it this way: if you answered the question I asked you earlier with a “yes”, maybe you will think differently after seeing this film. Because it sure made me wonder: is a spotless mind even that sunny at all?