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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

 

  APARNA S KURUP


So all cool people out there here is something called Movie bucket. A few movies that you should not miss out ..Well that’s what i would like to call it. Its jus few movies that I the Chotta BUG would like you guys to take a look through.

Well I’m sure there will be one or the other situations in life were we would have liked to erase our memories… Don’t say no... Because I do know.. When your girlfriend or boyfriend dumped you. Or when something so terrible happened because of you and it keeps haunting . Definitely you might have at least once thought “Shit !! if I could just forget it !! Just like that !!“

Well here is a movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind released in the year 2004 which comes under similar lines. Directed by Michel Gondry and screen played by Charlie Kaufman .The music is by Jon Brion ,Cinematography by Ellen Kuras and Edited by Valdis along with a power pack performance by Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet.

Best thing I loved about the movie is Jim Carry, I love him so much that I always wanted him to do something subtle and voilaa!!!… You get to see Jim Carry in a totally new avatar. He has extended himself and is natural, well emm, being natural doesn’t come naturally to him. I’m sure he have sweated a lot doing it!! Just kidding

The story is about Joel and Clementine who were madly in love, as it says different poles attract they are the mixture of controlled and shy Joel and Super enthusiastic and Hyper wild Clementine . The initial twist comes when Clementine goes to Dr. Howard of Lacuna Inc., to have Joel erased from her mind. Here is the best and the next twist discovering this, Joel also applies to have his memories of her erased. But then “Ting tong reality strikes” for Joel, during the process of erasing he realizes that actually don’t want to forget Clementine at all, but unlucky chap!!! The damage is already done.

The movie opens with Joel is leaving her work and taking a train on the train he meets Clementine. They somehow had an instant connection, they knew they never met before but then there is this cosmic connection getting them closer. Getting confused!! Erase memory but movie starting with their connection… yeah that is simply because it falls to such a category of Cinema that is not simply build in the proper sequential symmetry. The film jus flows forward and backward, letting the players to figure out things, as events unfold. If they figure out or not is another question!!

A parallel story is also weaved in spotless mind. The inside story of Lacuna Inc. consisting of Dr. Mierzwiak and assistants Stan, Patrick and Mary is also as complex as the lead character’s .

Ehm ehm.. Don’t guess I am going to so elaborative of the story line. The rest is for you to watch and feel for.

The writer had tried to explore the uncertainties and confusions plus the desires of human mind. There is this element of fantasy… wow!!! That’s my favorite part the “Love”.. its said million times opposite attracts but this convoluted story is about what after the opposite attracts . And the different level of reality showcased through the lacunas erasing your past. It’s crazy, absurd but definitely every one longs for . The film have an open ending , The director have taken the liberty to play with the minds of audience for another little while.

Phewww !!! here I end but yes one thing , one most important goody good wisdom that clicked me is whatever we do ,how far we go its jus the memories that keeps us going. They are what we really have or what we really are. Just simply don’t let them go. . And Is there any lacuna techies nearby I know some people who badly need your attention… 

“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”

                    -Eloisa to Abelard by Alexander Pope