“Constantly talking isn’t necessarily communicating.”
At some point of his life Gondry decided that he was bored of classical movie structure, that rules were meant to be broken. In Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind he partners with Kaufman (whose screenwriting was more inspired than ususal since the script was designed in its every detail) to provide us with the ultimate portrait of love covered by a veil of fiction that aims to mislead us.
Let's get things straight, this movie doesn't follow a cronological order but I'll try to summarize and review it as best as I can. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!
Joel and Clementine are introduced to us as complete strangers who've just met out of casualty. Then a romance is brought to us when we discovered that in the past they were indeed, a couple (one of those whose problems start to outweigh the good times). A story of erased memories, a clinic with an experimental "treatment" and employees with no so easy lives; are the threads used to dig fearlessly in a world of feelings.
This movie is more than one love story, it is a lot of love stories, a lot of movies in just one. It shows that we like to hold onto memories rather than on actual facts. Couple resentments seem to bind more than loving and understanding in some cases (just wait till the end of the movie).
I think that what Gondry wanted ask with this movie was: Even if it's a horrible heartbreak, would you erase all those memories from your mind? All the time you spend with them, would it be worth it or a waste? Also the cliché "you can erase someone from your mind but not from your heart" applies marvelously to this movie (they don't remember each other but still fal in love).
Doesn't it all sounds familiar to you? Two people fall in love, break up, but after a long time they don't seem to remember what brought them to the edge and get back together - OMG THIS MOVIE IT'S A METAPHOR OF REAL LIFE!!!
Secondary roles weren't plain at all, all characters are deep and tell a story about different ways of loving and relationship, so that's another plus for this movie. Also the scenography is simple and spontaneous, it is very important in some moments, but gives the actors the attention they deserve in other scenes. Gondry really knew how to manage every little detail and angle.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is too beautiful. There's so much love-error and repeat, it reminds me of life itself and it's wonderful.
♥ See you soon beautiful people ♥