|Fig 1 - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Poster|
The film won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2005 and achieved a Best Actress nomination for Kate Winslet as Clementine.
Eternal Sunshine has been my all-time favourite film for almost ten years now and having watched it for the umpteenth time, I can confidently say it's unlike any other. It's a beautifully melancholic anti-love story about the decay of affection, that also hints at the possibility of 'soul-mates' and ultimately declares that "it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all". It boasts fascinating character studies, an exploration of cerebral visuals and is a celebration of our imperfections - I truly cannot praise it highly enough.
|Fig 2 - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - Clementine and Joel|
With a star-studded cast including the likes of Elijah Wood, Mark Ruffalo, Kirsten Dunst and Tom Wilkinson, even the minor characters of the film are given a chance to shine as their intertwining narratives unfold. However, the central performances by Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet are truly the crowning jewels of Eternal Sunshine, with particular emphasis on Carrey's uncharacteristically dramatic choice in taking on the role of Joel Barish. Void of all eccentricity that Carrey had become known for in roles such as Ace Ventura (1994) and Liar Liar (1997), his interpretation of Joel is surely the most gutsy example of a comedic actor breaking typecast to deliver an unrecognisable performance of gravitas and subtlety. Winslet similarly diverts from the norm taking on Clementine Kruczynski, the impulsive and vivacious antithesis to her leading love interest. Their ultimately flawed relationship proves entirely believable as we watch them eat, play and argue together over the course of a reversed span of time. Along with the additional cast, there is no black and white to the choices these characters make, allowing the audience to decide exactly what to take away from the film.
Overall, I still find myself coming back to Eternal Sunshine as one of (if not the) greatest films of all-time. It's certainly not for everyone but with a stellar cast, surrealist premise and impeccable soundtrack, I cannot fault it and would urge anyone with an open mind and a broken heart to let the film shake up your senses on a journey into the unconscious.
Fig. 1 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Poster (2004) From: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (1984) - Directed by: Michel Gondry
Fig. 2 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Screenshot (2004) From: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (1984) - Directed by: Michel Gondry