Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Starring: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet
Director: Michael Gondry
Tagline: You can erase someone from your mind. Getting them out of your heart is another story.

this movie is one of my favorite movies of all time. i remember being so dumbstruck after watching it. dealing with a concept that is so hard to grasp such as erasing a person from your memory and making it so tangible is what makes this movie so amazing.

i think the scene above is romantic because it captures the last memories that joel has of clementine.

CLEMENTINE (eyes welling): This is it, Joel. It’s gonna be gone soon.
JOEL: I know.
CLEMENTINE: What do we do?
JOEL: Enjoy it. Say goodbye.

i love it when she says, what if you stayed this time? come back and make up a goodbye at least, let’s pretend we have one. this scene asks so many what ifs… what if i didn’t walk out that door? what if i stayed? and what not.

and it just strikes you… no matter how many times you say no regrets, there will always be that other option you could have chosen, the unavoidable what if? it’s hard to live with decisions you’ve made, especially if they turn out to be big big BIG mistakes. but what we all seem to forget is the moment when we made that decision and the factors that led to it. so whatever the outcome of that decision may have been, at that moment when you chose it, it is what you wanted and for that, you should have no regrets. 😉