a couple undergo a procedure to erase each other from their memories when their relationship turns sour, but it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.
drama / romance
dir. michel gondry
jim carrey as joel barish
kate winslet as clementine kruczynski
tom wilkinson as dr. howard mierzwiak
kirsten dunst as mary
elijah wood as patrick
mark ruffalo as stan
- the title is quoted from the poem “eloisa to abelard” by alexander pope (1688-1744): “how happy is the blameless vestal’s lot! the world forgetting, by the world forgot. eternal sunshine of the spotless mind! each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d.” this poem was used in kaufman’s earlier project being john malkovich (1999).
- before carrey expressed interest in playing joel, nicolas cage was considered for the role.
- the idea was brought to m. gondry by his friend the artist pierre bismuth who suggested, “you get a card in the mail that says: someone you know has just erased you from their memory…”
- lacuna inc.: transfiguratively, lacuna comes to mean a gap, deficiency, or loss. the term “lacunar infarct” refers to a stroke that involves a small area of the brain responsible for a specific function, or ever a specific memory.
- when clementine and joel are in the montauk beach house, clementine finds an envelope that says david and ruth laskin. david and ruth are the first names of winslet and carrey’s assistants.
- all of the train shots were shot onboard a real, moving, train.
- the opening credits appear 18 minutes into the film, at the end of the first reel.
- features kate winslet’s own favorite performance.
- a sex scene with mark ruffalo and kirsten dunst was shot but was cut due to length.
- initially throughout the train scene, the music was supposed to fill up the gap during the silence between joel and clem until writer charlie kaufman suggested to do the opposite. music was then played when joel and clem talked and paused when they paused.
- when the stan (mark ruffalo) scares mary (kirsten dunst), director m. gondry asked mark to hide at a different spot each take to actually scare her.
- reporters tried to interview jim carrey as the unplanned scene with joel and clementine at the street parade was being filmed. if you listen closely, you can hear somebody shout “speak to me!” at jim carrey.
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i already forget how I used to feel about you.