Please let me keep this memory, just this one.
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how happy is the blameless vestal’s lot! / the world forgetting, by the world forgot / eternal sunshine of the spotless mind! / each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d.
1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) Dir. Michel Gondry
Synopsis: A couple undergo a procedure to erase each other from their memories when their relationship turns sour, but it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.
Written by Charlie Kaufman (Adaptation, Being John Malkovich) and directed by Michel Gondry (The Science of Sleep, Human Nature); this is my favourite film of all time. It is so perfect to me: the natural performances from Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey, interesting characters, the beautiful score by Jon Brion, Gondry’s quirky, cute colourful direction. It’s also the type of film you need to see a few times to put the puzzle together properly as it has a dis-jointed narrative style (reflecting how the brain remembers a relationship - the bad memories come first then you remember the beautiful moments).
This film rings so true to me and it would to anybody who has had a broken heart, which is essentially what this film is about. Kaufman is a brilliant writer and it’s so refreshing to see a main character who is not a hollywood stereotype: Jim Carrey’s Joel is a heartbroken “normal” guy who’s trying to move on in the quickest way possible but soon realises it’s not what he wants. Our memories are really all we have of the past, even if they do cause pain - isn’t it better to love and lose than to not at all? I think that is the message behind Eternal Sunshine: love and relationships are beautiful, hard and messy, but such is life hey? We’ll do it anyway…