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Friday, 26 November 2010
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
After their relationship hits rock bottom Clementine (Kate Winslet) has Joel (Jim Carrey) erased from her memory via "lacuna". Joel decides to get it done too, only to find during the several hour procedure that he is still in love with her and can't bear to forget her.
This film is one of the most interesting and experimental that I have ever seen. It features a non-linear narrative which you really have to be on the ball with in order to keep up. The memories and the erasing of said memories is created in a very experimental and surrealist style, such as picture and sound resolution deteriorating, dimming lighting, time and perspective looping, image and sound distortion, overt disintegration and the forced perspective effect, all of which are combined and edited together to create a creepy, but visually superb wiping effect, which are dark and atmospheric.
The performances are also very good and support the excellent experiments. Carrey gives one of, if not his best, performances to date, making Joel's inner turmoil and fear over the psychological effect of the memory erasing very heartfelt and gripping. Winslet is just as good in a performance that earnt her her fourth Oscar nomination before the age of thirty, making Clementine an emotionally complex and beautiful individual. These two excellent leads are very well supported by co-stars Kirsten Dunst (in the best performance of her career), Elijah Wood (in his first role since 2003's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King), Tom Wilkinson (yet again showing just how talented he is) and Mark Ruffalo, who provide a great ensemble of supporting actors.
Very experimental, the fact that it is often quite hard to follow by no means stops this from being a strong film with a weird and wonderful screenplay, and an excellent ensemble of deep, powerful performances from the top-notch cast.
Stars: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Elijah Wood, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Ruffalo, Jane Adams, David Cross, Deirdre O'Connell, Thomas Jay Ryan, Ryan Whitney.
Oscar: Best Screenplay (Pierre Bismuth, Michel Gondry, Charlie Kaufman).
Oscar nomination: Best Actress (Kate Winslet).