A naked man hurriedly puts on his underwear. As he bends over to do so, most of his butt is shown to the viewers.
A man and woman are seen dancing together in their underwear. The woman’s tank top is somewhat see through.
A woman shows her clothed crotch (in panties) to a man.
A man is seen, briefly pleasuring himself to a sketch of a naked cartoon (under the blankets, no nudity shown; other than the sketched cartoon breasts)
Some kissing and implied sex, Clementine and Joel lay under the covers nude however we only see their faces.


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


The video “eternal sunshine of the Spotless Mind” is a love video with sci-fi color. It is also a drama full of philosophical meaning. It is a love film because it is a feature film with love, marriage and family as the main content. It is a science fiction film because it is based on the undisclosed scientific principle of “modifying memory” to imagine and show a drama event in the fantasy virtual world.

I believe there are quite a lot of models for the analysis of a wide range of genre films. Here I mainly analyze the problems of various love types in the video, the philosophical thinking and details brought by science fiction technology in this film, in Charlie Kaufman’s imaginative play and Miguel Ganderi’s clever montage pays attention to the easily overlooked information brought to us by the video.

Love element in video

No matter from which aspect, this video can be regarded as a love film. Everyone in the video may have an element of love. So many kinds of love add up to make the love described in this video very full and life.

Joel Barish & Clementine Kruzynski

Joel is a cowardly, sensitive and mediocre ordinary man with three-point first-line life. Clem is enthusiastic, different and changeable. They have very different personalities, but people are often attracted to people with different characteristics. But when two people with different personalities live together, there are bound to be countless frictions and differences. Like most love in the world, people always love each other. Love leads to long-term coexistence. Long-term coexistence leads to mutual understanding. Mutual understanding leads to the minimization of advantages and the maximization of disadvantages, and then leads to one or both parties’ boredom with each other. Finally, they break up or adopt a negative and indifferent attitude. But in the separation meeting between the two sides, many of the past has become very beautiful. Then know how to cherish.

Their last paragraph can well show this state:

Clementine:I’m not a concept,just a fucked-up girl looking for peace of mind. I’m not perfect.

Joel:I can’t see anything that I don’t like about you right now.

Clementine:But you will. You know. You will think of things. I’ll get bored of you and feel trapped,because that’s what happens with me.

Joel:Okay.

Clementine: (pauses for a moment) okay

Clem cried and then burst into tears and smiled.

People always have good expectations for love and always believe that the next one is the “right person”, which is almost the paradigm of all love.

Howard Mierzwiak & Mary Svevo

If the film has an “ethical” element, it should be reflected in this pair. Mary and Howard had a conversation in Joel’s room. Mary read Howard a poem called “from Alexandrian religion” in the video, “how happy is the black vestal’s lot, the world forging, by the world forge, eternal sunshine of the spotless mind, each prayer accepted and each wish assigned.” It’s a question. I always feel that the screenwriter intended Mary to give a question, because the drama of this pair is even stronger than that of the protagonist. And the story told in this long poem has something else to do with it. Alexander Pope’s poem describes the love affair between the 12th century French theologian Alberta and his students. Mary said, “I think this sentence is more appropriate”. Yes, it is not only suitable for the story in the video, but also in line with the irony of the technology of modifying memory, but also reflects the irreversibility of people’s feelings. It is very subtle.

Mary’s feelings for Howard are mixed with her respect for him, which can be reflected in many details. Mary likes to say aphorisms. She said to Stan, “I believe Howard’s words will be recorded on it one day.” And the way she wants to stay awake and smart in front of him. In fact, feelings like this are also common in real society. When Howard’s wife said to her, “you’ve been cheated, you’ve succeeded”, she reflected the screenwriter’s attitude towards this technology in the video incisively and vividly.

Patrick & Clementine Kruzynski

In Patrick’s “relationship” with Clem, please note that I put the relationship in quotation marks. It should be said that their relationship is not love at all. Patrick is too young to know how to fall in love, so he has a “desire to conquer” for Clem. One detail is that he calls Clem an “old woman”. His love for Clem more hopes to reflect his strength. Clem is a woman he can’t control, so he has been learning Joel’s way to treat her, hoping to get her heart. In the end, he relied more on Clem and didn’t want her to leave him. So in general, Patrick is still a child in love, too naive and too independent.

Of course, people like Patrick pay more attention to them in real life, especially in the student group.

Stan Fink & Mary Svevo

I always think Stan is a more introverted person than Joel. He represents most people who “like but can’t say it”. He has also been waiting for the other party to find his own good and fall in love with himself. Many details in the video can be reflected. For example, he always deliberately appears in front of Mary. He leaves silently after Howard comes. The former is that he hopes to attract more Mary’s attention, and the latter is that his actions will not cause her dislike. Therefore, no matter how you look at it, Stan is a more passive party between the two sides of love. Finally, he took her bag to find her and finally confessed to her, but at a very inappropriate time, it simply reproduced many bridge segments of love dramas in real life.

Howard Mierzwiak & Hollis

I think the screenwriter’s cleverness is that he alluded to the love line of many characters in the whole event of no more than four days, and the most cleverness is this couple.

Hollis’s appearance was only five minutes, and his lines were less than five sentences, but he explained the couple’s past cracks, explanations, commitments, reconciliation and so on.

There are too many such couples in real society. They live around us,

Rob Eakin & Carrie

There are not many descriptions of the couple in the video, but their life state is still very clear. There are two details. One is that they quarrel over Joel. The other is that when they go to Montauk, Carrie wants to help rob move the remote-controlled plane. Rob treats it as a baby and doesn’t want Carrie to move it. From this, we can also see their lives. Rob has his own principles and things he has always adhered to. Maybe it is these things that attracted Carrie at the beginning, but finally become what Carrie must endure. This is also very common in reality. We can also see that Carrie compromises most of the time, Their life, I think, must be the life of most couples we are familiar with.

Joel Barish & Naomi

Naomi didn’t appear in the video, but through Joel’s words and his state, we can understand their life mode, two words, make do with it. Joel said, “maybe I should go back to Naomi, she is nice, nice is good.” This state is very similar to many cohabiting men and women now. They have been very hesitant. They have a day-to-day attitude towards their feelings and their life.

In addition, in fact, during the period when Joel and Clem ate in the restaurant, the couple called “the dining dead” by Joel is also the state of most couples’ lives. The negative and indifferent state of life is like stagnant water.

From this, we can see that although this video is called the so-called “postmodern film”, the reason why people feel very real lies in the insight of the screenwriter and director, which points out the life state of all kinds of people. It makes the emotion in the video very rich and diverse.

Science fiction elements in video

In fact, I prefer to call it a “philosophy film” because of Charlie Kaffman used the routine of “modifying memory” to make science an obscure confrontation with human nature. In the film, a complex philosophical problem is expressed in vivid and moving images. Causality, reincarnation, subconsciousness and so on have an unprecedented perfect performance in the video. So it gave me a philosophical shock even more than love.

Because of the addition of science fiction, the director can make better use of montage to express Joel’s confrontation between consciousness and subconsciousness. All stories are set in people’s “memory”. The plot is in an almost psychedelic atmosphere, the lens is messy, jittery, the picture is trivial, and fragments Almost no scene has a beginning and an end. However, the audience did not feel that Chile was broken at all. On the contrary, the whole plot was almost completed at one go. I can’t help thinking of many “stream of consciousness” films. The difference is that the narrative of most stream of consciousness films is only “consciousness” itself is clear. In this film, the director even dismembered “consciousness”, which can not only build the plot through it, but also subvert the integrity of any plot. However, the audience is gripped by such chaotic “consciousness”. If most stream of consciousness films are close to “reflective” consciousness, this film is an emotional “pre reflective” consciousness.

I believe that the focus of this video is not on the theme of “people’s mind will overcome science and technology”, but more to let us face our feelings through the consequences of this technology. It is hard to push their own emotional process in front of them. See their own moved, absurd, selfish and so on. The excellence of the film is that it only makes statements without making any conclusions. Every audience has its own point of view, and this video is like cutting open the feelings of all kinds of people in reality and reflecting more on their outlook on life and love.

details

structure

I believe most people feel very confused because of the video structure. The 17 minute sequence behind the scenes is the beginning of the story. However, if you pay close attention, you will find that there are quite a lot of details in the video that explain the sequence of the story.

one The subtitle only appeared 17 minutes later, which means that the first 17 minutes are just an explanation, and these 17 minutes are also fragments of Joel muttering to himself, which also indicates the structure of the story.

two After the prelude, I saw Joel’s sad face. When I looked carefully, I found that there was a black marker mark on his temple. This should be the night after he came back from lacuna Inc, that is, before he was about to delete his memory.

three In the process of clearing the memory, a red light flickered once or twice, and then Joel could hear the voice of the staff, and he walked into his memory. In reality, we can see that Patrick is busy with the instrument. This indicates that some technical reasons may have led to some mistakes, making Joel come out of his consciousness, which makes him gradually regret after watching his and Clem in his memory, and even rationalize his escape with Clem in his mind.

four The process of modifying memory is from recently to the first meeting with Clem. It’s a flashback in my mind. You can know their love process and all contradictions by sorting these things again.

five Because everything is the consciousness in Joel’s mind, it always has a strong subjective color. That’s why Clem has his own consciousness and helps him find a way, because there is a strong subconscious in Joel’s mind that wants her forgiveness. In the railway station, he wronged Clem and said that she had to delete him first, which can be seen.

six Joel takes Clem into his most shameful memory, which is actually one of the contradictions between them. Clem blames him for not being true to himself. He says she told him all the shameful things, but he always has reservations about her. In this “escape”, he is very frank with her, which can also indicate that his meeting with her again will solve this contradiction.

seven At the end before the deletion of consciousness, Clem told him to let him return to Montague again, which is actually a strong subconscious, so he used a great echo effect, and then cut it off. This can also explain why Joel went to Montauk against his personality for no reason.

tone

Before that, I want to talk about the topic again. Spotless is “flawless”, but when taken apart, spot is “point”, and spotless is “no point”. In the map edited for Joel, we can see that there are many memory “love nodes” in the video, which is also another point. Spotless mind is the deleted love memory.

Eternal sunshine. For a man with an ordinary life like Joel, Clem is undoubtedly his sunshine, which has changed his life. In the video, he also said, “she brought others into another world, full of magic, fantasy and beauty.” Therefore, the video named “a touch of orange sunshine” with many colors.

For the first 17 minutes, the overall tone of the picture is blue, gray and black full of melancholy colors. Whether it’s the sea, the train, or Joel himself. Knowing the appearance of Clem dressed in orange, and later their conversation on the train, the tone began to appear warm and sunny.

Then the picture fell into darkness and cold again, and Clem’s warm dress came out.

Finally, the color of Montague’s sea, which appears repeatedly, is also different. The last scene should be the most clear, but the feeling is not the cold one in consciousness.

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