One of the most enchanting love stories of all time, this playfully philosophical and wildly imaginative comedy-drama combines elements of science fiction, psychological drama, and romantic comedy to create a spellbinding exploration of love, heartbreak, and the human condition.
Co-written by Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation), Michel Gondry (The Science of Sleep), and Pierre Bismuth (Where is Rocky II), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind imagines a world in which emotional trauma can be eradicated through the targeted erasure of painful memories.
Heartbroken after discovering that his girlfriend Clementine (Kate Winslet) has undergone a procedure to have her memories of him and their volatile relationship permanently erased, Joel (Jim Carrey) contacts the inventor of the treatment at the aptly named Lacuna clinic and decides to follow suit.
Problem solved? Not quite! As Joel watches his memories of Clementine progressively disappear he realises how important she is to him and begins to resist the procedure, dragging her with him from memory to memory in search of a hiding place in the deepest recesses of his mind.
Benefitting from Michel Gondry’s inimitable direction and an all-star ensemble cast including Kirsten Dunst (Interview with the Vampire, Melancholia, The Beguiled), Elijah Wood (Sin City, Lord of the Rings), and Tom Wilkinson (The Full Monty, Shakespeare in Love), it’s clear to see how Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind has managed to find a permanent place in so many of our memories and hearts.
Ellen says “This film is visually and emotionally beautiful, as it takes you through the human states of love and loss in a splintered and fragmented timeline which feels like a fever dream. The cast seems almost as jumbled together as the story itself but somehow works perfectly and creates a film that is both magical and mournful. I am very excited to see this on the big screen and I hope you enjoy it as much as I will.”