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This fabulously imaginative and deliciously loopy romance is the sweetest movie yet from the magnificently twisty mind behind Adaptation Human Nature and Being John Malkovich Once again Charlie Kaufman plays with the themes of identity time memory and attraction in a slightly off-kilter world that seems oddly homelike and familiar The movie is tougher truer more heart-breaking and then more heart-healing than a video store shelf of Julias Megs Reeses and Sandras Joel Jim Carrey is a shy man whose heart is broken when impulsive and free-spirited Clementine Kate Winslet leaves him When he finds out that she has arranged to have all of her memories of him erased he decides to do the same It all seems so simple Dr Howard Mierzwiak Tom Wilkenson of the Lacuna corporation is smoothly assuring When Joel asks if the procedure could cause brain damage Dr Mierzwiak cheerily assures him that Technically it is brain damage about on a par with a night of heavy drinking All Joel has to do is bring everything from his apartment that reminds him of Clementine and dictate all of his memories of her into a tape recorder Then Stan Mark Ruffalo the Lacuna technician maps every part of the brain containing a memory of the formerly loved one That night while Joel is asleep Stan will come in and using the map erase every memory of Clementine in Joels brain Then Mary Kirsten Dunst Lacunas receptionist mails out postcards to all of Joels friends asking them never to mention Clementine again and its as though he never met her But erasing someone from the mind the mind is one thing erasing someone from the heart is another As Pascal told us The heart has its reasons that reason does not know Stan zaps the memories from Joels brain while Joel sound asleep under a helmet that looks like a stainless steel colander realizes that
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