A movie introduced to me some time ago by my dear friend Amber, and starring Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kristen Dunst, Elijah Wood, Tom Wilkinson, and Mark Ruffalo.
One of those small Focus Features movies featuring strange technology but at the heart a movie about relationships, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind has a tangle of a timeline, as Joel and Clementine meet on a train, but neither realizes its not for the first time. After this initial meeting, the movie jumps back, and by exploring Joel's memories, we learn the story of their relationship, as well as those of the Lacunae people involved in the process.
While the movie won an Oscar for screenplay and keys off very well on the twisty, looping script, the movie has strong visuals and cinematography. Visual clues are strong in the movie, and then there are the amazing performances. Winslet's Clementine is a strong and indelible character (Winslet was nominated but didn't win an Oscar for best actress), although the rest of the cast gives good performances too, all around.
The movie is of my favorites.