“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”

Director: Michel Gondry
Released: 2004
Writers: Michel Gondry & Charlie Kaufman
Featured Actors: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson

Notes

Love

  • imperfect because human love is imperfect
  • Note all love relationships
  • incomplete/unhappy
  • review the other parallel relationships
  • to avoid the feelings from unhappiness → erase from memory

Motifs

  • Water
  • Drowning
  • Clementine’s Hair
  • she says: her hair is an expression of who she is

Quotes

  • Nietzsche and Pope
  • best not to know
  • forget grief
  • Lacuna = a gap or a void

Narrative

  • continuous & fated/destined
    • circular (a full loop = present + past meet)
    • audience is fed fragments without time
    • we come to understand the fragments
    • ends: beach again, last time = present time
  • philosophically – determinism + predestination