Michel Gondry's 'Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind'

The mind is a complex entity. It is simultaneously seen as a part of the brain and as an independent faculty. The mind enables a person to be aware of the world, their experiences, and their memories. On the other hand, the brain functions as the coordinating center of sensation and intellectual and nervous activity. Both play a significant role with memory. Memory enables a person to instantly recall and learn information. It also holds precious and insignificant moments in one’s lifetime. In Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind (2004), Gondry explores memory and its effect on the mind and brain. In the film, Gondry uses light and color to indicate manipulation and decay of memories.
Michel Gondry is an independent French
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Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind is based on Eloisa to Abelard, a poem written by Edgar Allen Poe. The film resolves around the relationship between Joel Barish and Clementine Kruczynski. Joel is a soft-spoken introvert, while Clementine is free and uninhibited.…show more content…
In her article, “Head Over Heels in Love”, she describes Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind as “a dizzying plunge through love, loss and, finally, consciousness itself’(Hornaday). Hornaday summarizes the film, focusing on what makes a relationship. She also praises Gondry for his portrayal of Joel’s and Clementine’s relationship and use of visual effects. Hornaday begins her summary describing the procedure Joel and Clementine underwent. After breaking up with Joel, Clementine decided to visit Lacuna, a firm known for erasing memories. To begin, the doctors have their patients “bring in every memento that reminds them of the soon-to-be-forgotten” (Hornaday). The patients are then hooked up to a computer to create a map of the brain. The doctors use the map to erase “every offending memory while they sleep” (Hornaday). In the article, Hornaday describes the procedure as outrageous, but easily believable. She continues to summarize Joel’s experience with the procedure and his efforts to keep his memories with Clementine. Hornaday describes the process as “a journey through ever-opening doors of perception that Joel experiences as if in a waking dream” (Hornaday). Hornaday goes on to praise Gondry on his portrayal of Joel’s journey through his mind. Gondry uses low tech visuals, sound design, and staging to dramatize the film. Hornaday states, “in one of the film 's most powerful scenes, Joel enters another realm of
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