Revolutions of Elationships : Remembering Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind


Boy meets girl. Girl erases boy. Boy tries everything within his mental capabilities to remember girl. So goes the plot of 2004’s, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Michel Gondry, two men who live in surreality and matryoshka fables. Main characters, Joel and Clementine’s story begins from the outmost edge, and then travels inward to reveal the messy intricacies of what it means to know and love someone. At the painful end of a two-year relationship, Clementine decides remembering Joel, and the person she became while with him, is too painful. Luckily, Lacuna Inc. specializes in misery removal. This company maps relationship memories (a former flame, a deceased pet) within your brain, and subsequently eradicates the very neurotransmitters that would ever lead you to think of the forgotten ever again. It is a procedure based on finality; but what if someone, in the throes of the drugged-up procedure, wants to call it off?