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Nihility of the spotless mind

What is a spotless mind? Is there such a thing? How would life be if we got the chance to voluntarily “clean the slate” as in “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (2004)? Would we act like happy infants or disoriented and empty, missing all the good and bad of the “previous” life? These are great ideas, great questions, despite a film that sometimes gets on our nerves, being too long or boring or chaotic… just like a restless dream. So, maybe it is enough to see it only once and remember Joel (Jim Carrey) trying to take control over his feelings and life, running through his own mind and saving his bitter sweet memories regarding his love for Clementine (played by Kate Winslet), despite his initial will to forget, by going to a clinic, where bad or painful experiences can be erased, mind being returned to the blissful state of tabula rasa, ready for other beginnings. Both lovers (Joel and Clem) ask for the same treatment, yet somehow they manage to rebel and fight against it, preserve or invent new links to each other, finally getting back what’s most important to them. Their story is about will and connection triumphing over unfavorable circumstances, over indifference and rigidity.

No matter how lost we consider ourselves, there are always some positive, worth recalling, happy but perhaps buried in our mind facts. Thing which sends me back to “American Beauty”, another film where it is suggested that most important is to focus and be receptive: even the simple presence of a plastic bag playing with the wind can make your day worth living if you are being aware; conscious that something is more than nothing. Eternal sunshine is made of moments, happy puzzle pieces in oceans of consuming and confusing normality.

Copyright © Katiusha Cuculescu, 2005