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.
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Life would be so much easier if we only kept bad memories, and were oblivious to the the very rare moments where we have experienced some kind of joy but is impossible to gain again.. good memories are just to hard to keep :(
Oh how I used to hate Kate Winslet after her atrocious performance in Titanic. It took this heartfelt tale of loss and separation to show me why there are fans of her out there. She and Carrey bring their A game here. In general, this film is a team effort where each separate element, from Gondry's surreality and Kauffman's metaphysics, join like puzzle pieces to form something that has both style and substance.
I probably would have liked this movie in high school, but watching it now I can't ignore how self-aware and hip it thinks it is. Charlie Kaufman is a talented writer, but he needs to write about something other than pathetic youth.
A brilliant work of twisted refreshing originality framed by intelligent script and expert direction with passions. As odd and confusing it may seem, this movie manage to express the absurdity of thoughts and feelings in examining a relationship, which many of us can relate to. You know you have a good movie on your hands when the next day you're still thinking about parts of it, and you want to see those parts again
one of the greatest films ever made. quite maybe the best script of the modern era, the pain, the love, the joy, the everything. few films make the viewer care so much about the main players. jim carrey and kate winslet are superlative in two out of type roles. winslet in particular is outstanding, as she is able to crawl inside the character. kirsten dunst is also fantastic yet again. utter classic.
I love when it begins "When there is nothing left to burn, you have to set yourself on fire. God, that was strange to see you again, introduced by a friend of a friend, smiled and said 'yes I think we've met before'" The soundtrack always gets straight through my heart.
Fell in love with this 10 years ago, and it's still my pick for the best film of the 21st century, bringing together so many elements of its time: a non-linear mindfuck journey (from Charlie Kaufman), music video-schooled technical wizardry (from Michel Gondry), and the ultimate "indie" romance that ends by assuring us that life's pleasure is worth life's pain. A message for the 00s if there ever was one. 5 stars.
I love this film so much. Why Jim Carrey didn't receive an Oscar nomination is beyond me, it was the best performance of his career. I have probably watched this about 10 times and every time I see it, it feels like I am watching it for the first time. Not many films give me that kind of wonder and awe after repeated viewings.