Mary: How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot! The world forgetting, by the world forgot. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind! Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d.
2. (2004) of the Spotless Mind
– Dir. Michel Gondry
For me, this film was a sort of cinematic affirmation. Eternal Sunshine serves as a reminder that everything that has come before has led me to where I am now. The mistakes I’ve made, the pain I’ve suffered and the loss I’ve felt, these are all a part of who I am. The good and the bad are intrinsically linked. And this is the idea at the core of Eternal Sunshine.
Again, I think Bryan summed things up pretty nicely already. I’m a firm believer in its ideas about the bittersweet nature of life. The combination of Michel Gondry’s direction and Charlie Kaufman‘s writing is spot-on, a pairing I’m anxious to see again. Here their work seemed a bit more refined than in Human Nature.
The supporting cast is every bit as interesting as the leading. Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood, Kirsten Dunst, and Tom Wilkinson are anything but secondary. Their talents are not wasted here. Bonus: the scenes with David Cross and Jane Adams are quite funny in their oddly quixotic banality.
It’s just a great film. Lovely and poignant and original.