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Feb 5, 2005

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

This is a high end version of the usual memory-loss movies Hollywood excel in (the recent ones being Bourne Identity series, Memento etc etc). Except that being a Charlie Kaufman story and memory loss being deliberate, Eternal Sunshine.. is tailor made for the intellectual, it does away with the racy element of amnesiac thrillers and is a love story instead.

The film stars Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet as the two lovers, who selectively erase out their memories of each other (because neither of them benefited much from the affair and things were not looking up for them) with the help of an organization which specializes in selective memory erasure. Jim Carrey doesn't indulge in X-treme gymnastic contortions of his face muscles unlike in his usual movies and for a change does well in a serious role. Kate Winslet, is nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for this role! I cannot remember where she acted, though I have nightmarish visions of her electric blue and agent orange hair colors.

The concept of memory erasure is picturized in an intriguing way, that is the only significant feature I can remember about the movie. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, is mainstream Hollywood trying to go artsy, but I'd say, do what you do best guys - morphing and computer animation, nobody can beat you there.