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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Bilingual) [Import]

Jim Carrey , Kate Winslet , Michel Gondry    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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Screenwriters rarely develop a distinctive voice that can be recognized from movie to movie, but the ornate imagination of Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation) has made him a unique and much-needed cinematic presence. In Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, a guy decides to have the memories of his ex-girlfriend erased after she's had him erased from her own memory--but midway through the procedure, he changes his mind and struggles to hang on to their experiences together. In other hands, the premise of memory-erasing would become a trashy science-fiction thriller; Kaufman, along with director Michel Gondry, spins this idea into a funny, sad, structurally complex, and simply enthralling love story that juggles morality, identity, and heartbreak with confident skill. The entire cast--Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Elijah Wood, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Wilkinson, and more--give superb performances, carefully pitched so that cleverness never trumps feeling. A great movie. --Bret Fetzer

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The second feature from director Michel Gondry (Human Nature) finds the filmmaker reteaming with screenwriter Charlie Kaufman for this off the wall romantic comedy. Jim Carrey stars as Joel Barish a man who is informed that his ex-girlfriend Clementine (Kate Winslet) has had her memories of their relationship erased from her brain via an experimental procedure performed by Dr. Mierzwiak (Tom Wilkinson). Not to be outdone Joel decides to have the same procedure done to himself. As Mierzwiak s bumbling underlings Stan (Mark Ruffalo) and Patrick (Elijah Wood) perform the operation on Joel over the course of an evening in his apartment Joel struggles in his own mind to save the memories of Clementine from being. deleted. Kirsten Dunst David Cross and Jane Adams also star. Actors: Jim Carrey - Kate Winslet. Director: Michel Gondry. Format: DVD. Format Size: Widescreen. Runtime: 108 mins. Language: English. Region code: Region 1 (United States Canada Bermuda U.S. territories). Discs: 2. Rating: R. Genre: Comedy. Subgenre: Drama. Release Year: 2004.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creativity. Just pure bloody creativity April 17 2005
Format:DVD
From what I can tell, this is Charlie Kaufman's take on the philosophy of Love and Memory. Kaufman handles it with an incredible level of creativity and Michael Gondry (the director) renders his words with equally incredible beauty.
This is a smart love story. It isn't just about two people getting together under some strange circumstances and falling for each other and some string of conflicts tests their relationshop and it all works out at the end. No, this is Charlie's Kaufman's love story, of course it's nothing like that.
It's brings up so many different ideas concerning relationships and memory, and how Kaufman ties it all together is, can't say this enough, incredible.
The cast also does a fine job with their respective roles.
If you've ever seen any of Michael Gondry's work, you'll know what to expect here. If you haven't, it's deliciously clever stuff.
The extras are okay. I would've loved to know more about Kaufman's and Gondry's creative process, you know, see them discuss their ideas more in-depth, but as it is, it's not bad.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tragic Comedy + Hallucinogenic Mind Candy Jan. 22 2005
Format:DVD
This is true indie material by a truly talented director (Gondrey) and a legendary writer (Kauffman.) It's something Hollywood has never seen before. Something that many don't understand as well, sadly...
The aura and ambience of the film are blinding and emotional, and the storyline tests the hearts and souls of the audience. The main premise of the movie (having been stated before) is very striking even though it sounds like some sort of sci-fi flick.
Twsting realities and rediscovering your memories isn't as easy as Carrey's character thought. Jim Carrey's and Kate Winslet's roles seem to have been switched and their love is so belivable on-screen. It's the most unlikely pairing I could think of, mostly because Carrey is used as a sensationalistic comedy-actor, while Kate is usually the lacy, lady-like, 19th century English woman.
The soul-ride through the blurry and incomplete memories, coupled with a serious comedic undertone and human intervention, makes this film shine fantastically among the greatest love stories ever told on film. I recommend picking it up today if you liked Lost In Translation or any other indie movies.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing June 26 2004
Format:DVD
This film was one of the best ones that I have seen this year.
The unlikely pair that is Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey illuminate the screen with unexpected chemistry.
The idea that a person can be completely eliminated from one's memories is startling. But this idea truly comes full circle with the 'moral,' if you will, of the story: Don't act irrationally! Beware of what you wish for!
The film also seems to employ the use of magical realism, in creating the absurd memories of Carrey. Suspended disbelief is a must in watching this movie, and the plot must be looked at more as an allegory than truth.
But overall, 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' was heartwarming and meaningful. Kate Winslet is a gem, and I hope to see Carrey in more serious roles like this one in the future!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kaufman's version of a romance April 19 2009
Format:DVD
Charlie Kaufman is one of the best contemporary writers in Hollywood, as he is amazingly original, yet his movies don't really have holes. This is no exception as he tackles a romance, in a movie that is probably as main stream as a Charlie Kaufman written movie will get. The cast is great as you see the always great Kate Winslet, and Tom Wilkinson, along with Mark Ruffalo, Kirsten Dunst, and a career best performance by Jim Carrey who is always best when he isn't trying to be funny. Definitely one of the best, most original romance you will ever see.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I really have to get out more because I wasn't even familiar with this film until one of my friends told me how good it was and said it was probably the type of film I would like. I can't imagine how this incredible motion picture experience escaped my attention for so long. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is just incredible, the kind of film that renews one's faith in motion pictures. Every time I think Hollywood's last glowing embers of originality and intellectual beauty have been snuffed out by an endless rehashing of uninspired sequels and re-makes, a film like this comes out and blows me away. Let me be perfectly clear: I absolutely love this movie.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind isn't your typical Hollywood faire. It's a complex film that some will undoubtedly find confusing, and that's okay. For those who love a deep, multi-layered, challenging motion picture presented in an ingenious, somewhat risky manner, though, this film is something to shout about. This is a romance, a drama, a comedy, and a marginal science fiction (concept-wise, anyway) film all rolled into one exquisite ball that can leave you laughing one minute, crying the next, and tossing and turning all night trying to push the story out of your mind long enough for you to fall asleep.

To succeed, this film had to have great performances by all of the main characters - and it did. Jim Carrey was amazing; I'm not a big fan of his over-the-top comedic films, and I wasn't sure he could pull off a role such as that of the shy, quiet, introspective Joel Barish - he definitely surprised me here. Kate Winslet made the movie for me, though; she is simply enchanting as the quirky and delightfully spontaneous Clementine Kruczynksi.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment big time!
Very very disappointed with this movie. It has been listed as one of the top 100 movies which is why I purchased it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Don Madore
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty much a waste of time
Clementine Kruczynski (Kate Winslet) is disenchanted with her latest beau and has a procedure to erase her memory of him. Her now ex Joel Barish (Jim Carrey... Read more
Published 10 months ago by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
this is a heart felt thinking persons movie. it odd and quirky and funny and sad. one of my all time favourite films.
Published 14 months ago by richard walker
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Published 17 months ago by F. Marra
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a good movie.....
Well, after about 30 minutes of trying to get the gist of a supposedly 'interesting' movie, I have to say this is not one I shall invest in for my library. Read more
Published on May 6 2012 by Duchess
2.0 out of 5 stars ZZZZZzzzzzzZZZZ
I like Jim Carrey, got nothing against Kate Winslet, this movie looked compelling and funny and it has a very high rating on imdb...oh my GOD was I bored. Read more
Published on April 1 2011 by Brian Babcock
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique film
I use this film in high school and it gets a great response from students. Upon first viewing I liked this film, but after watching it a second time and catching more of the... Read more
Published on Oct. 20 2009 by Joost
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying and Heartbreaking
Anyone with a soul should love this movie. Take away all the mind-blowing Special Effects, take away the star power, and take away all pre-conceptions of a "typical" Rom-Com. Read more
Published on May 2 2009 by S. Avery
5.0 out of 5 stars For those in love, out of love, on the verge of break up or just...
When I first heard of this film it didn't interest me that much but after a number of recommendations I dove into it. Read more
Published on Sept. 27 2007 by Jenny J.J.I.
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, when you're in the mood
I had to take two runs at this movie. You really have to be in the mood for a dark, plodding movie that hits hard if you give it time to set up the opportunity. Read more
Published on Aug. 31 2007 by Virus
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