What if you could erase your most painful memories and start afresh? The movie Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind deals with dreams and memories. Joel (Jim Carrey) is a silent introvert who wakes up one Valentine’s Day and decides to visit Montauk. On the cold beach of Montauk he runs into Clementine (Kate Winslet), a loquacious female who lives life to the max. They are slowly attracted to each other on the train journey back. The blissful romance continues for sometime until they have a spat. Clementine has her memories of Joel removed after visiting Lacuna Inc, a medical service which does this. Unable to live separated from Clementine, Joel too decides to get his memories removed. What follows is a dreamy journey through Joel and Clementine’s memories. Is this the end of their love?
The movie is directed by Michel Gondry (whose The Science Of Sleep is similarly themed and is in theatres right now). The screenplay is literally out of the world (it won an Oscar for the movie). The story is non-linear, funny, full of surprise and will leave you rewinding back to understand the context. Jim Carrey has given probably his best performance, ever. He should definitely give serious roles a shot. Kate Winslet as the lively Clementine is awesome. ESOTSM is a dreamy, emotional look at our memories and is difficult to put into words. You’ve got to watch it to experience it. Not to be missed.