Eternal Sunshine

June 15, 2008

It is not a secret that I rarely get out to see movies anymore. Most people who love movies see them along the same general timeline as the rest of the world (i.e. before the Oscars). The big upside to that is you get to talk to people about movies without having them think you are completely out of touch with pop culture. Alas, kids and domestic life have relegated us to Netflix. Not there's anything wrong with it....we are just a little behind!

Last night we saw one of the best movies about love I can ever remember seeing -- and not in the "romantic comedy" or chick-flick ("Somewhere in Time" -- remember that one?) kind of ways. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is one of those movies that captures the essence of loving someone and how it really feels to be there. There are two scenes that I can't get out of my head. One is when Joel and Clementine (don't you just love that name?) are under a blanket with a flashlight and she is crying, telling him about how she thought she was ugly as a child. It is a very intimate, touching scene...one that hopefully you can relate to if you have ever been very close with someone. The other is when Kirsten Dunst is sharing the quote by Alexander Pope that the movie is named for. This movie is worth seeing just for these two scenes. Here is the beautiful quote:

"How happy is the blameless vestal's lot! The world forgetting, by the world forgot. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind! Each pray'r accepted, and each wish resign'd."

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