Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind By Michel Gondry

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Imagine living in a world where erasing memories of the past was just a night’s sleep and a click of a button; would you take advantage of this opportunity? In the film, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, directed by Michel Gondry, Joel Barish and Clementine Kruczynski did. The two ended their relationship on a bad note which lead Clem to impulsively arrange an operation to zap that memory away. Joel did the same, but instead of letting go of Clem during his operation, he fell back in love with her; with this realization, his character developed throughout the film which reflects the color and mood of each scene and point of his life; Joel in the beginning, Clementine, Joel and Clementine together, and when Joel and Clementine broke up. Off the bat Joel’s bedroom set the mood to what kind of character he was. Much can be taken from the light that shined into the bedroom, which felt cold and gloomy; it wasn’t a bright, morning sunshine; it was gray. This soft and dreary lighting was purposely muted to push the mood of depression and loneliness by reflecting Joel’s mood as he starts his day (“Technical Critique of ‘Eternal…’”). Everything inside the room felt cold as well; most of the furniture in his room was shades of neutral colors of blacks, browns, grays, whites and muted blues. Even Joel’s choice of clothing from his navy-blue pajamas to his ebony, black coat reflected the colors of his room and mood. Joel’s depression is very transparent in the beginning scene.
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