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ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND

Director: MICHEL GONDRY

U.S.A. • 2004 • COLOUR • DOLBY DITIGAL STEREO • 108 MIN


AS HIS NEW FILM THE SCIENCE OF SLEEP AMPLY DEMONSTRATES, MUSIC VIDEO DIRECTOR MICHEL GONDRY HAS NOW FIRMLY ESTABLISHED HIMSELF AS A REAL FILM-MAKER.
His first feature, Human Nature, was a series of beautiful illusions that never cohered, but his second, Eternal Sunshine, is a terrific achievement. Developed from a story by Gondry and artist Pierre Bismuth, it starts with the advantage of having the best script to date by Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation.). The science fiction premise has a ring of contemporary truth: emerging from a failed romantic relationship, the hero (a subdued Jim Carrey) discovers that his ex (an aggressive Kate Winslet) has hired a company to erase all her memories of him. He enlists their services too, but technical problems send him into a kind of temporal freefall in which past and present consciousness bleed together. It’s amazing how much Gondry and Kaufman can do with their premise while carrying the audience along every step of the way.

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