Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind Essay

1095 Words Sep 1st, 2015 5 Pages
Is there eternal sunshine in the spotless mind? This is the question posed by writers Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry and Pierre Bismuth in their movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. This movie, directed by Gondry, explores the idea that feelings and emotions are more powerful than memories, and that if we erased all of our memories, we would still possess the feelings and emotions that were created by those memories. The movie was inspired by a male friend of Bismuth who said that he would like to have all memory of his girlfriend erased.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind tells a story about two people, Joel and Clementine, who are in a bad relationship and eventually break up. Clementine impulsively decided to get her memory of Joel erased. Joel went to visit her to apologize and she acted like she had no idea who he was. Joel soon found out that she hired Dr. Mierzwiak (Howard) to get rid of all of their memories together, so he went ahead and did the same thing. During the process of Joel getting his memories erased, he remembered all the fun stuff they did together and why he once loved her. He subconsciously tried to stop the process because he didn 't want to forget Clementine. One of the important themes this movie explores is what the impact of erasing our own memories would be. One theory is that erasing memories only functions at a superficial level, and it doesn 't affect the special tendencies of someone 's character. Also, by…

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