From the pen of Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich) comes the story of a heartbroken man who decides to erase from his mind all the memories of his love, only to find that he wants to keep them after all.
A fragmented, non-linear look at the elusive and peculiar nature of memory, this gorgeous and romantic, high-concept yet lo-fi/sci-fi cult classic could only come from the genius mind of Charlie Kaufman. Aching and ambitious filmmaking, of a kind rarely replicated.
Eerie and surreal, charming and tragic, the movie wrestles with the fundamental instability of all human relationships, achieving a wise and powerful vision that is — ironically for a tale about fading memories — unforgettable.
Eternal Sunshine is immensely moving for the way it depicts consciousness itself as a constant negotiation of pain and pleasure—the gradual slippage of memory removes essential parts of our personality.
In Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind [Gondry] clearly surpasses himself. For the first time he delivers an ending that doesn’t feel like either a cop-out or a throwaway, even if it’s Hollywood to the core. He’s also figured out a structure that perfectly matches the emotional tenor of his theme and isn’t just an amusement-park ride that can be forgotten as soon as it’s over.
What Duncan Gray said. Michel Gondry + Charlie Kaufman + Jim Carrey (who knew?) + Kate Winslet (YAASS) = Unicorn (with multiple hair colors) farting rainbows. Lightning in a bottle. Etc. Extra points for the excellent supporting cast and for the ending that isn't necessarily happy and yet incredibly uplifting. I remove my critic glasses in this case and tip my fanboy hat.
Rewatched. Again. don't think I'll ever stop. i will always feel welcome in every single frame, every chord of sound. love for every single character, for joel, clem, for patrick, howard, stan, mary. for the rain, for the elephants. Forever. See you next year.
this is probably the best movie I have ever seen, the entire concept of the movie is ingenious and through the entire film you are on your toes hoping that it ends up right. And the ending is so satisfactory. a very beautiful film.
A complex screenplay by Kaufman & fever-dream direction by Gondry make this truthful film soar as it explores memory, relationships, loss, and the connections between them. Carrey gives a career best but it's the screenplay and direction's cohesion that makes it all work.
I cannot get over how beautiful this film is - and I mean beautiful at every depth and angle. I think one has to see it more than twice to fully appreciate (and potentially LOVE) it. I always get something new each time I watch Eternal Sunshine, and the 'moving' factor doesn't ever falter. The script and the visuals are particularly genius.
Every time I watch this movie I still think it is one of the best of the 00's and definitely Gondry's best. Wonderful lines and really nice aesthetics. It is the type of movie you can watch that points both to the melancholic way, but also to the happy one: you chose which way you wanna go each time.
I just loved the cinematography and the storyline, and watching it for the second time really helps you understand some details much better. It was beautiful and touching how pure was their love despite the differences and fights, and how Joel realized how much he wanted to remember Clem.