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Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

Must-See Cinema! One of the most insanely romantic movies ever made!

Joel (Carrey) is a shy sort of fellow who might prefer a huddle with his pens and drawing pads to the jolts and vagaries of novel human interaction. Waiting for the train to work one wintry day, he feels an uncontrollable urge to hop a train in the opposite direction, and only thus encounters Clementine (Winslet), a blue-dyed boho who makes little distinction between her every thought and the words she speaks. His passivity attracts and antagonizes her; she flummoxes him and turns him on. Counter-intuitively, they click. It’s almost as if they’ve met before.

Poster for the classic romance Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless MindViewers deserve to see director Michel Gondry and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman’s hilarious, love-stricken, endlessly inventive collaboration fresh for themselves, so we won’t go into too much detail about Dr. Mierzwiak (Wilkinson), who runs a popular if low-rent New York practice in memory modification with a merry young staff (including Dunst, Ruffalo and Wood). Suffice to say the formidable Gondry/ Kaufman/Carrey axis works marvel after marvel in expressing the bewildering beauty and existential horror of being trapped inside one’s own addled mind, and in allegorizing the self-preserving amnesia of a broken but hopeful heart.

– Jessica Winter, Time Out