Today I saw Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
. Jim Carrey plays Joel Barish, a man who discovers that his girlfriend Clementine (Kate Winslet) has had him removed from her memories. He decides to have his memories of her removed, but discovers that there are some memories worth keeping. The viewer gets inside Joel's mind, watching his relationship grow and wither as he runs from scene to scene with Clementine to keep her from disappearing. Despite the science fiction setup, the film seems to be set in the present -- the memory procedure is simply a way to see a relationship from a different perspective. Thankfully it's not being heavily marketed as a comedy, because it's more like a drama. However, the scenes with the staff of Lacuna
, the medical office that performs the erasure, are pretty funny (Kirsten Dunst gives a noteworthy performance as Mary, who gets stoned and dances in her underwear during the procedure, and who later discovers something about her own memory). Early on it takes some effort to figure out which scenes happened or didn't happen in which order, but perhaps that's the point. This is an enjoyable movie that tells us that sometimes the most ordinary moments are the most memorable.