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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

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Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi |

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a American science fiction romantic drama film written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Michel Gondry. It follows an estranged couple who have erased each other from their memories. Pierre Bismuth created the story with Kaufman and Gondry. The ensemble cast includes Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood, and Tom Wilkinson. The title of the film is a quotation from the 1717 poem Eloisa to Abelard by Alexander Pope.

The film uses elements of the psychological thriller and a nonlinear narrative to explore the nature of memory and romantic love. It opened in North America to wide acclaim on March 19, 2004, and grossed over $70 million worldwide. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, and Winslet received a nomination for Academy Award for Best Actress. The film developed a cult following in the years after its release and has come to be regarded by many critics as one of the best films of the 21st century.

Shy, soft-spoken Joel Barish and unrestrained free spirit Clementine Kruczynski meet on a Long Island Rail Road train from Montauk to Rockville Centre. Both had felt the need to travel to Montauk that day, and they almost immediately connect, feeling drawn to each other despite their contrasting personalities. Although Joel and Clementine do not realize it, they were once in a relationship, having separated after dating for two years. After a fight, Clementine had hired the New York City firm Lacuna, Inc. to erase all her memories of their relationship. Upon discovering this from his friends Rob and Carrie, Joel decides to undergo the procedure himself.

Director: Michel Gondry

Writers: Charlie Kaufman (story & screenplay), Michel Gondry (story), Pierre Bismuth (story)

Stars: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson, Elijah Wood, Mark Ruffalo, Kirsten Dunst, Tom Wilkinson

Cast:

Jim CarreyJoel Barish
Kate WinsletClementine Kruczynski
Gerry Robert ByrneTrain Conductor
Elijah WoodPatrick
Thomas Jay RyanFrank
Mark RuffaloStan
Jane AdamsCarrie
David CrossRob
Kirsten DunstMary
Tom WilkinsonDr. Mierzwiak
Ryan WhitneyYoung Joel
Debbon AyerJoel’s Mother
Amir Ali SaidYoung Bully
Brian PriceYoung Bully
Paulie LittYoung Bully (as Paul Litowski)
Josh FlitterYoung Bully
Lola DaehlerYoung Clementine
Deirdre O’ConnellHollis
Lauren AdlerRollerblader (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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