It is a 2004 American romantic science fiction film about an estranged couple who have erased each other from their memories. Directed by the French director, Michel Gondry and scripted by Charlie Kaufmanof Adaptation fame.The movie stars Jim Carrey who plays a true, realistic, three-dimensional character named Joel Barrish and Kate Winslet who plays his love interest as Clementine Kruczynski an unhinged free spirit girl.
The movie is a radical example of Maze Cinema, the style in which the story coils back upon itself, redefining everything and then throwing it up in the air and redefining it again. The movie cannot be reconstructed in a chronological order. So before the technical beginning of the movie, Joel and Clementine were in love but their affair ended badly and Clementine went up to Dr.Howard Mierzwiak played by Tom Wilkinsonat Lacuna Inc., to have Joel erased from her mind. The entire process of the operation is quite fascinating. All items relating to the person you want erased from your brain are assembled together, and the technicians at Lacuna then “map” an outline of your memories, which are supposedly stemmed together. So after discovering this truth of Clementine, Joel in revenge applies to have his memories of her erased. But this is not it instead the entire erasing of Joel’s memories serves as a backdrop for a deeper meaning holding thought-provoking questions like:
If you could forget about past romances, would you really want to? And if so, would you be willing to sacrifice all the good ones, along with the bad ones? It makes you realizes that it’s important to fall in love but is much more important to carry that love inside you forever for that same person. Moreover you will understand the meaning of the quote by George Eliot:
“Only in the agony of partying, do we look into the depths of love.”
And so the quote goes aptly with Joel’s condition because in mid process he decides that he would like to keep the memories of Clementine because the reality of our heart is we remember good times better than bad ones. So he tries to squirrel away some of his memories in hidden corners of his mind, but the process is implacable. But wait my dear audiences as there is lot more to describe about this beautiful picture.
So Joel and Clementine meet each other at a railway station after two years of their memory erasure procedure. Both of them are attracted to each other and somehow find a connection, a distant shadow of deja vu even when they know that they have never seen each other before. And during the course of the film, which moves freely, dazzlingly, forward and backward in time, they will each experience fragmentary versions of relationships they had, might have had, or might be having.
Love is a complicated subject that can’t be taught, it can only be experienced for what it is, utterly confusing and yet at the same time completely fulfilling. The movie has an emotional center and it manages to express, in the most informal of ways, the feelings and thoughts we should all have when examining a relationship, in that it is not the superficial features but the underlining memories that make it all worthwhile. When a relationship hits that unfortunate moment where it all seems to be breaking down, we, as human beings, seem to instantly draw ourselves to the negative aspects of that person, in an attempt of sorts to make everything right within our mind.
The best thing about the movie is it express that when breaking down the relationship moment by moment, more often than not the happier events outweigh the bad and that should be our determining factor to keep the relationship going. Too many moments are wasted on gut-instincts and logic. We should learn that when it comes to love one must live every moment for what it is because we only have one shot in this world and we might as well make it worthwhile. It promotes the ideology of living within the present and letting the course of the matter play out as it may.
Watch it because it will surely make you understand certain things about the beautiful thing called Love.
And yes of course the review of this movie cannot end without Alexander Pope Quote:
How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d