A wonderful art film. I would say it is somewhat overlooked for the classic cinema techniques used. The storylines coils back on itself which means that events are redefined in several layers. This is a creative way of keeping the viewer's interest.
For those who are able to relate to the feelings explored, from giving and receiving love and lost love, will appreciate the film for its subtelties. Very beautifully made so that the underlying messages are evoked without being spoken out too obviously. Finally, a feel good film for all, albeit in a complex way.
Praiseworthy performances by Kate Winslet and Jim Carey, showcasing their versatility as actors.
Favourite quotations from the film:
"Random thoughts for Valentine's day, 2004. Today is a holiday invented by greeting card companies to make people feel like crap" - Joel (voice over)
"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."- Mary, while reading to Dr. Mierzwiak out of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, the lines are from Alexander Pope's poem Eloisa to Abelard.
"Sand is overrated. It's just tiny, little rocks."- Joel