I was so happy to find these two films paired with one another, its not often that DVD anthologists get it right and there was a time when you could be sure that you would find one great movie paired off with one not so great one but this definitely isnt the case.
Both of these movies are pretty quirky and shun simplistic or happy ever after endings, that said I really cant describe either of them as anything other than feel good movies. They arent realistic to the point of being dull reflections of everyone's everyday but they arent sloppy romantic flicks either.
Lost In Translation features two people out of step with their surroundings and as the movie progresses you get to thinking that they are out of step with their significant others. That said neither of them are experiencing anything much worse than what might be described as "ordinary misery", it's brilliantly acted and their relationship with one another develops, they get a lot of solace from spending time with one another. The acting is brilliant, this is proper film too, its not totally narrative driven and the direction is fantastic, not feeling compelled to create an air tight self-contained story which wont leave anything to the imagination of the viewer.
Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless mind is about a service which allows people to forget, the story then follows what happens when someone buys in the service, suspecting that their ex has already done so, only to become resistant to the process when it has begun. This isnt a sloppy or schulmtzy story of the love lorn or love lost, its a pretty cool mediation on memories and dreaming, this is something which its easy to seriously mess up (I'm thinking The Science of Sleep) but its done well and there's lots of humour (but surprising not from Carrey who proves he can do something other than play for laughs).
This is in many ways a good combination for the days when you'd like to have something to watch about life and love in all its imperfection, something for when the "soul searing love" sort of love story isnt exactly going to satisfy.