Shy and melancholic Joel lives an unremarkable gray and dull life. But one day, instead of his usual work route, the young man suddenly takes a train in a different direction and rushes to the sea. On the sandy shore, Joel spots a girl with bright blue hair. On the way back, they meet in the train car and the guy realizes that he and Clementine have a lot in common, as if he already knows this girl. Pretty soon Joel realizes that he really did know her, moreover, they were a couple.
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Ladies and gentlemen, isn’t it true that we associate sci-fi with epic battles in space, panoramic locations and lightsabers, and melodramas with first love, separation, grief and tears of joy? But, what happens when sci-fi and melodrama are intertwined into one? Interested?!
Then the following text about the most interesting and unusual film of 2004, which earned not only the sincere love of an intelligent audience, but also the screenplay “Oscar” and thirty more festival awards, is for you.
Imagine waking up early in the morning completely devastated: a light haze in your head and sadness and emptiness in your heart. You open your mailbox, and find the following message: “Someone YOU knew has just erased YOU from your memory…”
Just kidding! – you think. In vain, because your ticket to the amazing love story has already “punched” Michel Gondry. And you and Joel Berish (Jim Carrey) plunge into a surreal world full of riddles and love experiences, where mistakes are sticky blotches in a white checked notebook, turning into a review of key episodes – the main frames, someone cut out of unwanted memories at his own will. But only, the less Joel remembers about Clementine (Kate Winslet) and her love that brings him pain and suffering, the more he wants to keep what’s still left…
This film remained a complete mystery to me, ruining all the known canons of Hollywood. Judge for yourself: the opening credits show up only after 18 (!) minutes, and within the short time you will see to your astonishment that the comedian’s usual antics and grimaces have disappeared, to be replaced by the new image of Jim Carrey, a modest man with slack eyes, an empty soul and torn pages from his diary. On the train he meets a charming and impulsive beauty, Clementine, whose image is precious to both the hero Carrey, and the viewer dear to his heart, so it is, thanks to the magnificent acting of Kate Winslet, came out bright and memorable.
To say that the duet succeeded in it is to say absolutely nothing, because the carefully chosen lead actors did not just fit the offered roles, they lived these characters, bribing the audience with their sincerity. Of course, “erasers” look a little pale against their background: Tom Wilkinson, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo and Elijah Wood. Although their roles are minor, they are very important for the plot.
The plot itself, thanks to the science-fiction preposition, is masterfully twisted by the ingenious Hollywood screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, and in truth every little thing, be it the bright color of Clementine’s hair or a Valentine’s Day greeting card, manages to touch that one strand in the viewer’s heart which is responsible for the real experience.
Realizing all the nuances of what’s happening on screen isn’t easy; the main thing in this case is not to let yourself be confused by the director’s work of Frenchman Michel Gondry, who approaches the romantic love story from the perspective of the silly art-house movie favorite during the erasure of Joel’s memories. But just minutes before the finale, when everything falls into place and it’s already clear who belongs to whom, the characters on the other side of the screen really come to life and their images simply “gnaw” into your mind, leaving an indelible impression of the last “snowy” shots, which give rise to feelings of sadness and happiness simultaneously. Well, then, let that sadness drink in our tears in full…
Summary: When a sparkling romantic tragicomedy closer to the middle degenerates into a light “brain masturbation”, and the atmospheric finale gets through to the bones, we should probably talk about the appearance of a masterpiece.
Codec: HEVC / H.265 (85.0 Mb/s)
Resolution: Upscaled 4K (2160p)
HDR: Dolby Vision, HDR10
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
English, English SDH.