Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) dir. Michel Gondry and written by Charlie Kaufman
"Meet me in Montauk."
Difficult to believe this film came out 10 years ago today, March 19, 2004. On first viewing, in the middle years of my teenage life, it was nearly impossible to process the emotional experience. It was almost as if I was being given a sneak preview to the beautiful complexities and challenges of relationships. How scary and, in many ways, completely insane it is to put your faith, trust, and love in another human being. A melancholy exercise and examination of love lost and the struggle to hold on even after its irrevocably broken, the film may explore dream-like worlds, but it’s wholly grounded in an emotional reality that’s reflective of our lives.
It ultimately reminds one of the joke Woody Allen shares at the end of Annie Hall:
"A guy walks into a psychiatrist’s office and says, hey doc, my brother’s crazy. He thinks he’s a chicken. Then the doc says, why don’t you turn him in? Then the guy says, I would but I need the eggs. I guess that’s how I feel about relationships. They’re totally crazy, irrational, and absurd, but we keep going through it because we need the eggs.”