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Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind [DVD] [2004]

Jim Carrey , Kate Winslet , Michel Gondry    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson, Gerry Robert Byrne, Elijah Wood
  • Directors: Michel Gondry
  • Writers: Michel Gondry, Charlie Kaufman, Pierre Bismuth
  • Producers: Anthony Bregman, Charlie Kaufman, David L. Bushell, Georges Bermann
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Oct 2004
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002RGNRU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,314 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Screenwriters rarely develop a distinctive voice that can be recognized from movie to movie, but the ornate imagination of Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation) has made him a unique and much-needed cinematic presence. In Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, a guy decides to have the memories of his ex-girlfriend erased after she's had him erased from her own memory--but midway through the procedure, he changes his mind and struggles to hang on to their experiences together. In other hands, the premise of memory-erasing would become a trashy science-fiction thriller; Kaufman, along with director Michel Gondry, spins this idea into a funny, sad, structurally complex, and simply enthralling love story that juggles morality, identity, and heartbreak with confident skill. The entire cast--Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Elijah Wood, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Wilkinson, and more--give superb performances, carefully pitched so that cleverness never trumps feeling. A great movie. --Bret Fetzer

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind [Region 2]


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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous! 12 Oct 2004
By Mr. Simon Paddon VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Jim Carey plays Joel, a man who wakes up, and skips work. You just have to some days. He catches a different train, and ends up far away from where he has to be. Here he meets Clementine (Kate Winslet), and they are drawn together.
It turns out they have a past, however. The films runs nearly in reverse, will the events of the past listing themselves in reverse order- going back to when they first met. But in between both Joel and Clementine have their memories of each other erased, and the film tells of Joel's struggle to let go of what he discovers are precious memories.
This is a breath taking film. The first part is quirky and jumpy; however stick with it. It builds into a masterpiece of desperation as Joel realise's through living his memories again that there will come a time when she is gone from his life- again- and it hits him that he has to say goodbye.
The sub story is of the people who provide the memory treatment. Kirsten Dunst and Elijah Wood play what seem to be unimportant distractions in Carey and Winslet's tale, but as momentum builds, they become the key to their future.
I loved this film. Although it starts as something you have to think about, it build into an emotional masterpiece, one is which makes you realise how precious your memories are, and how much you take them for granted. You are left in a world which you simply don't want to leave.
One of the few films I would recommend buying.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 8 April 2005
By Beautiful Freak VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
At your peril should you be fooled by the slightly inexplicable advertising pitch of this film that presents it as a happy feel-good teeny 'comedy', nor should you be tempted to classify it according to the presence of Jim Carey and Kirsten Dunst. In truth, as you would expect of a film named from a quote by Alexander Pope, it is far more complex, more worthwhile, darker and more special than that.
The plot, in a nutshell: Joel (Carey) discovers that his eccentric, impulsive, blue-haired ex-girlfriend, Clementine (Kate Winslet) has had all memory of him erased by a company specialising in the procedure, and he decides to have it done too. There is a subplot involving Elijah Wood and Kirsten Dunst, but the focus of the film is certainly the messed-up tragicomic alternately perfect and disastrous relationship between Joel and Clementine. The majority of the film then takes place inside Joel's mind as he chases Clementine through his memories and watches them fade away.
The deepest parts of Joel's memory begin to collapse in chilling, sad and sometimes downright scary sequences, as books lose their writing, buildings tumble, places and people fade and disappear and faces lose their features. At the same time we catch a glimpse of the insecurities of both characters that originally brought them together. Corny romanticism is thrown aside: this film is uncompromising, realistic and honest, and the relationship between the characters is both glowing with light and life and shadowed by their differences. The delightful idiosyncrasies of the objects Joel names as having an association with Clementine (a giant stuffed skeleton doll, people made of potatoes, journals, mugs, pictures, cards, snowglobes...) reveal the crazy truth that exists between people.
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eternally Sunny 19 Oct 2004
Format:DVD
Occasionally, I go and see a total whim when by all logic it doesn't sound that appealling. I don't like Carrey (except for his turn as Andy Kaufman in Man on the Moon, I've found him difficult to tolerate), and I've never really got to grips with any of Charlie Kaufman's work. Nor did the premise of this sound particularly interesting. As the film unfolded, I gradually became the only person sitting in the cinema.
Probably because the audience expected a dull, common denominator 'comedy' which consisted of Jim Carrey pulling silly faces and prancing around for an hour and a half. Instead, they got a brilliantly conceived story of romance and a piece of cinematic magic.
From the opening section where Joel (Carrey) and Clemantine (Winslet) meet on a train, I was engrossed. This is undoubtedly Carrey's finest performance, as he plays the somewhat insecure Joel. Discovering that his somewhat crazy ex-girlfriend Clemantine has had all memories of their relationship erased through an experimental procedure, Joel decides to have the same procedure performed.
Not only is the core relationship one you can believe in and root for, it's tightly wound together. Elements that fail to make sense at the begin are made clear half-way through, as Carrey races through the maze of his memories of Clemantine, watched over by the dodgy medical crew overseeing the procedure.
The directing is wonderful with some surreal sequences in Joel's memories, the acting is excellent throughout and it has that ethereal something that separates a good film from a truly great one.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 16 April 2006
Format:DVD
This is a truly outstanding film about love, pain and the nature of consciousness. Joel is devastated to find that his free-spirited girlfriend Clementine has had all her memories of him erased. To try and get rid of his heartache, he signs up to undergo the same procedure himself - but once it's underway, he realises that he's made a mistake, that he doesn't want to lose his memories of Clementine, and he tries to hold onto them. This is a beautifully innovative and playful film visually, the story is excellent and the lead performances of Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey are wonderful. (Yes, Jim Carrey - he's actually really good!)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Heading to work...just get on another train anywhere.. grab life, take...
A man wakes up and around him is the detritus of modern western life, the messy apartment, his car has a dent in it; he gets to the train station on his way to work, then suddenly... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Hud
3.0 out of 5 stars Probably needs a second or third watch
A bit unusual and will definitely benefit from repeat watching to try and better follow the plot. Rating is from my initial watch where I didn't enjoy it as much as I expected.
Published 26 days ago by David
4.0 out of 5 stars Carrey is not a one trick pony.
I was really surprised at how good this film was, until i found out Michel Gondry had directed it. Everything he touches turns to gold! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dr Emma V Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful concept for a film
The mind forgets but the heart does not. The first time I watched this film, I was stunned at Jim Carey playing it straight and then at the fabulous story, I watched it back to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mavis
5.0 out of 5 stars <3
I love this film, its my favourite, defo worth a watch. Brilliant value for money! I am happy with my purchase.
Published 3 months ago by Rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars Love and science fiction
The two main actors are incredible. Apart from Kate Winslet that is always gorgeous, Jim Carrey surprised me with this caracter so shy and human. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cesar
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Imagination and Plot Twists
A beautiful love story that is far from ordinary. A plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat but continue to rip your heart out. A very good film.
Published 3 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars so lovely so sad
a lovely sad film capturing howling sense of alienation and loneliness - unlikely ending such as the truly alienated and lonely long for
Published 3 months ago by M
4.0 out of 5 stars A good film...
Not a typical Jim Carey movie... an excellent way to remember a relationship and remember the good things and bad things...
Published 4 months ago by M. KARAVASILEIADIS
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
A genuinely entertaining film! Love that Jim Carrey can play a straight character(rather than a "clown") so well. Loved the idea of the film and the acting is fab. Read more
Published 5 months ago by dons369
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