ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
Directed by Michel Gondry, 2004 (108 mins) In English
With a new novel (Antkind) and a new movie called I Am Thinking of Ending Things available on Netlifx starting tomorrow, the wonderfully cerebral, melancholic and funny world of writer/director Charlie Kaufman is back. As elusive and shy as his creations flow with empathy for humanity’s fears, flaws and ultimate strangeness, Kaufman does not work very often. His last film, Anomalisa, was in 2015. So we thought of celebrating the return of this Escher-like artist by choosing as the Movie of the Week one of his most beloved scripts. And a project rich with beautiful East End locations.
Directed by French absurdist Michel Gondry, with a title borrowed from a 1717 poem by Alexandre Pope, The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is the story of Clementine (Kate Winslet) and Joel (Jim Carrey, also in the news these days, with a book of his own, featuring Charlie Kaufman). They meet and fall in love in Montauk but when their story ends, two years later, she goes through a process to erase him from her memories. Profoundly hurt, he does the same. What happend to their memories? Will they remeet and fall in love again? Is love worth living, as inestricably linked to pain? All this and more is explored by Kaufman and Gondry, in characteristic non linear way on the backdrop of wintery Wainscott beaches.