Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Director: Michel Gondry
Cast: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood, Tom Wilkinson
I’m used to Jim Carrey playing in funny, slightly silly, movies. So it was surprising to see him in something so serious and dramatic. Though surprising in a good way. Released in 2004 and directed by Michel Gondry, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was nominated for, and eventually won, an Oscar. It went on to be nominated for another 50 awards, 38 of which it won. Clementine and Joel have been together for a long time and like any couple they’ve had their share of ups and downs. However, the downs outnumber the ups, and Clementine finally gets fed up with their shaky relationship enough that she decides to get all of the memories of their time together erased. Joel isn’t exactly thrilled about loving a woman who literally wants nothing to do with him so he begins to undergo the same procedure. Only, it’s as Clementine is being erased from his memories that he discovers that he loves her more than he thought he had and in a bid to keep her around his mind starts inserting her in other parts of Joel’s psyche that she originally had no place in. Starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet, the film is quirky and wild, but it’s also a lot of fun to watch and it’s easy to see how it managed to win so many awards.