Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – Still The Most Romantic Movie

Recent research tells us that our memories are flawed. They are reworked again and again in our brains, synapses are rerouted, clipped, ad infinitude until our memories are only shells of the truth encased within. Despite the unreliability, memory is indeed the essence of our humanity, the reason behind our motivations, happiness and sorrows. Anyone who has ever known a person to suffer from Alzheimer’s can tell you this. But is there implicit memory – memory so deep that even as the memories we can access change, warp and grow – that remain always the same, always constant – forming who we are at our core? Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind  would argue emphatically that yes, yes this is true. Even though long term love and commitment is so hard, so trying that few are able to retain it – the love that it all grew from remains. Deep inside, constant, burning forever in us – unchanged. It will lead us to the same person again and again, no matter if we try to fight it. The best romance is tinged with a fateful ruin – doomed for disaster, destruction, sacrifice. And even better if it is laced with a  little science fiction. Another film that has stood the test of time and only gets better with age. I heartily recommend.

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