REVIEW: ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ is a cathartic viewingShelby Kleinhans | February 14
This review contains spoilers A quintessential viewing this Valentine’s season is Michael Gondry’s 2004 sci-fi romance “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” which argues that even the most painful aspects of our relationships are worth remembering. The film follows Joel, played by a woefully sad Jim Carrey, after he realizes his ex-girlfriend Clementine, charmfully played by everyone’s favorite love interest Kate Winslet, used a medical procedure through the company Lacuna to erase all of her memories of him. He then tries to cope with his feelings of anger, grief and residual love. The film adopts a nonlinear narrative: it begins where it ends and bounces back between the present and Joel’s memories of the past.