Sospetto di non essere il primo a far notare quanto eminentemente idiota sia il titolo italiano "Se Mi Lasci Ti Cancello", per Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Detto questo e nonostante ci siano alcuni attori che di norma non apprezzo molto (ma che qui si rivelano proprio bravi, Jim Carrey e Kate Winslet in primis), devo dire che il film è davvero molto bello.
[questo paragrafo contiene un leggerissimo spoiler, ma la trama è nota e tutto sommato prevedibile]
Joel è solitario e taciturno, Clementine allegra ed estroversa; si conoscono e si innamorano, ma presto le cose cominceranno ad andar male, fino al punto in cui Clementine decide di farsi rimuovere dalla memoria tutti i ricordi di Joel. A sua volta, Joel, prende atto d'averla persa, e si sottopone allo stesso procedimento che progressivamente gli azzererà la memoria di Clementine, partendo dai ricordi più recenti via via fino all'inizio della loro storia.
Ben presto capiranno che rimuovere i ricordi felici, assieme a quelli brutti, non è stata poi una grande pensata.
Originale e ben congeniato, gioca molto sul contrasto tra i caratteri dei protagonisti. Toccante e commovente, riesce però a non essere mai melenso ed anzi, viviseziona in maniera molto cruda gli alti e bassi della coppia.
/me pensa di aver visto troppe cose belle ultimamente e sente il bisogno di ricominciare tutta la serie dei Film Di Ninja®...
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Regista: Michel Gondry
Scrittore: Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry
Genere: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Valutazione: 8.6/10 (66865 voti) [#35 nella top250]
Durata: 108 min
- Jim Carrey .... Joel Barish
- Kate Winslet .... Clementine Kruczynski
- Gerry Robert Byrne .... Train Conductor
- Elijah Wood .... Patrick
- Thomas Jay Ryan .... Frank
- Mark Ruffalo .... Stan
- Jane Adams .... Carrie
- David Cross .... Rob
- Kirsten Dunst .... Mary
- Tom Wilkinson .... Dr. Howard Mierzwiak
A man awakes disheveled; impulsively, he skips work, heading instead to the shore. On this chilly February day, a woman in orange, hair dyed blue, chats him up: she's Clementine, he's Joel, shy and sad; by day's end, he likes her. The next night she takes him to the frozen Charles River. After, as he drops her off, she asks to sleep at his place, and she runs up to get her toothbrush. Strange things occur: their meeting was not entirely chance, they have a history neither remembers. Our seeing how the lacunae came to be and their discovery of the memory loss take the rest of the film.
Trivia random: Despite the fact that Charlie Kaufman's script and Michel Gondry's visual concepts were closely followed, the actors were allowed many chances to improvise. Elijah Wood and Mark Ruffalo improvised extensively, and much of the dialog between Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet resulted from videotaped rehearsal sessions during which the two actors became close by sharing tales of their real life relationships and heartbreaks.
Nome di battesimo: Winslet, Kate Elizabeth
Data di nascita: 5 October 1975
Altezza: 5' 6½" (1.69 m)
Coniuge: Sam Mendes::(24 May 2003 - present) 1 child, James Threapleton::(22 November 1998 - 13 December 2001) (divorced) 1 child
- Gnomeo and Juliet (2008) .... Juliet (voice) [attrice]
- All the King's Men (2006) .... Anne Stanton [attrice]
- Flushed Away (2006) .... Rita (voice) [attrice]
- Holiday (2006/I) .... [attrice]
- Little Children (2006) .... Sarah Pierce [attrice]
- Romance & Cigarettes (2005) .... Tula [attrice]
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) .... Clementine Kruczynski [attrice]
- Finding Neverland (2004) .... Sylvia Llewelyn Davies [attrice]
- Pride (2004) (TV) .... Suki (voice) [attrice]
- The Life of David Gale (2003) .... Bitsey Bloom [attrice]
Ask Kate Winslet what she liked about any of her characters, and the word "ballsy" is bound to pop up at least once. The British actress has made a point of eschewing straightforward pretty-girl parts in favor of more devilish damsels; as a result, she's built an eclectic resume; that runs the gamut from Shakespearean tragedy to modern-day mysticism and erotica.Born into a family of thespians - parents Roger and Sally were both stage actors, maternal grandparents Oliver and Linda Bridges ran the Reading Repertory Theatre, and uncle Robert Bridges was a fixture in London's West End theatre district - Kate came into her talent at an early age. She scored her first professional gig at 11, dancing opposite the Honey Monster in a commercial for a kids' cereal. She started acting lessons around the same time, which led to formal training at a performing arts high school. Over the next few years she appeared on stage regularly and landed a few bit parts in sitcoms. Her first big break came at age 17, when she was cast as an obsessive adolescent in Heavenly Creatures (1994). The film, based on the true story of two fantasy-gripped girls who commit a brutal murder, received modest distribution but was roundly praised by critics.Still a relative unknown, Winslet attended a cattle call audition the next year for Ang Lee's Sense and Sensibility (1995). She made an immediate impression on the film's star, Emma Thompson, and beat out more than a hundred other hopefuls for the part of plucky Marianne Dashwood. Her efforts were rewarded with both a British Academy Award and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Winslet followed up with two more period pieces, playing the rebellious heroine in Jude (1996) and Ophelia in Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet (1996).The role that transformed Winslet from art house attraction to international star was Rose DeWitt Bukater, the passionate, rosy-cheeked aristocrat in James Cameron's Titanic (1997). Young girls the world over both idolized and identified with Winslet, swooning over all that face time opposite heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio and noting her refreshingly healthy, un-emaciated physique. Winslet's performance also garnered a Best Actress nomination, making her the youngest actress to ever receive two Academy nods.After the swell of unexpected attention surrounding Titanic (1997), Winslet was eager to retreat into independent projects. Rumor has it that she turned down the lead roles in both Shakespeare in Love (1998) and Anna and the King (1999) in order to play adventurous soul searchers in Hideous Kinky (1998) and Holy Smoke (1999). The former cast her as a young single mother traveling through 1960s Morocco with her daughters in tow; the latter, as a zealous follower of a guru tricked into a "deprogramming" session in the Australian outback. The next year found her back in period dress as the Marquis de Sade's chambermaid and accomplice in Quills (2000). Kate holds the distinction of being the youngest actor ever honored with four Academy Award nominations (she received her fourth at age 29.)Off camera, Winslet is known for her mischievous pranks and familial devotion. She has two sisters, Anna Winslet and Beth Winslet (both actresses), and a brother, Joss. In 1998 she married James Threapleton, whom she met on the set of Hideous Kinky (1998); the pair had a daughter, Mia, in October of 2000. They divorced in 2001. She later married director Sam Mendes in 2003 and has since given birth to their son Joe.
Trivia random: Parents: Roger Winslet (actor) and Sally Bridges-Winslet.
Citazione random: In 2002 she had this to say about doing nude scenes: "I like exposing myself. There's not an awful lot that embarrasses me. I'm the kind of actress that absolutely believes in exposing myself."
Nome di battesimo: Carrey, James Eugene
Data di nascita: 17 January 1962
Altezza: 6' 2" (1.88 m)
Coniuge: Lauren Holly::(23 September 1996 - 29 July 1997) (divorced), Melissa Womer::(28 March 1987 - 11 December 1995) (divorced) 1 child
- Used Guys (2007) .... (in talks) [attore]
- The Number 23 (2006) .... [attore]
- Fun with Dick and Jane (2005) .... (producer) [produttore]
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) .... Joel Barish [attore]
- Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) .... Count Olaf [attore]
- Toy Mountain Christmas Special (2004) (TV) .... (special thanks) [misc]
- Bruce Almighty (2003) .... (producer) [produttore]
- Pecan Pie (2003) .... The driver [attore]
- Laughing Out Loud: America's Funniest Comedians (2001) (V) .... [scrittore]
- The Majestic (2001) .... Peter Appleton [attore]
The youngest of four children born to Percy (an accountant and aspiring jazz saxophonist) and Kathleen, Jim Carrey was an incurable extrovert from day one. As a child he performed constantly, for anyone who would watch, and even mailed his résumé to "The Carol Burnett Show" (1967) at age 10. In junior high he was granted a few precious minutes at the end of each school day to do stand-up routines for his classmates (provided, of course, that he kept a lid on it the rest of the day). Carrey's early adolescence took a turn for the tragic, however, when the family was forced to relocate from their cozy town of Newmarket to Scarborough (a Toronto suburb). They all took security and janitorial jobs in the Titan Wheels factory, Jim working 8-hour shifts after school let out (not surprisingly, his grades and morale both suffered). When they finally deserted the factory, the family lived out of a Volkswagen camper van until they could return to Toronto. Back on firmer ground, Carrey decided to strike out into the comedy club scene. He made his (reportedly awful) professional stand-up debut at Yuk-Yuk's, one of the many local clubs that would serve as his training ground in the years to come. He dropped out of high school, worked on his celebrity impersonations (among them Michael Landon and James Stewart), and in 1979 worked up the nerve to move to Los Angeles. He finessed his way into a regular gig at The Comedy Store, where he impressed Rodney Dangerfield so much that the veteran comic signed him as an opening act for an entire season. During this period Carrey met and married waitress Melissa Womer, with whom he had a daughter (Jane). The couple would later go through a very messy divorce, freeing Carrey up for a brief second marriage to actress Lauren Holly. Wary of falling into the lounge act lifestyle, Carrey began to look around for other performance outlets. He landed a part as a novice cartoonist in the short-lived sitcom "The Duck Factory" (1984); while the show fell flat, the experience gave Carrey the confidence to pursue acting more vigorously. He scored the male lead in the ill-received Lauren Hutton vehicle Once Bitten (1985), and a supporting role in Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), before making a modest splash with his appearance as the alien Wiploc in Earth Girls Are Easy (1988). Impressed with Carrey's lunacy, fellow extraterrestrial Damon Wayans made a call to his brother, Keenen Ivory Wayans, who was in the process of putting together the sketch comedy show "In Living Color" (1990). Carrey joined the cast and quickly made a name for himself with outrageous acts (one of his most popular characters, psychotic Fire Marshall Bill, was attacked by watchdog groups for dispensing ill-advised safety tips). Carrey's transformation from TV goofball to marquis headliner happened within the course of a single year. He opened 1994 with a starring turn in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), a film that cashed in on his extremely physical brand of humor (the character's trademark was talking out his derrière). Next up was the manic superhero movie The Mask (1994), which had audiences wondering just how far Carrey's features could stretch. Finally, in December, he hit theaters as a loveable dolt in the Farrelly brothers' Dumb & Dumber (1994) (his first multi-million dollar payday). Now a box-office staple, Carrey brought his manic antics onto the set of Batman Forever (1995), replacing Robin Williams as The Riddler. He also filmed the follow-up to his breakthrough, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995), and inked a deal with Sony to star in The Cable Guy (1996) (replacing Chris Farley) for a cool $20 million--at the time, that was the biggest up-front sum that had been offered to any comic actor. The movie turned out to be a disappointment, both critically and financially, but Carrey bounced back the next year with the energetic hit Liar Liar (1997). Worried that his comic shtick would soon wear thin, Carrey decided to change course. In 1998, he traded in the megabucks and silly grins to star in Peter Weir's The Truman Show (1998). Playing a naive salesman who discovers that his entire life is the subject of a TV show, Carrey demonstrated an uncharacteristic sincerity that took moviegoers by surprise. He won a Golden Globe for the performance, and fans anticipated an Oscar nomination as well--when it didn't materialize, Carrey lashed out at Academy members for their narrow-minded selection process. Perhaps inspired by the snub, Carrey threw himself into his next role with abandon. After edging out a handful of other hopefuls (including Edward Norton) to play eccentric funnyman Andy Kaufman in Man on the Moon (1999), Carrey disappeared into the role, living as Kaufman -- and his blustery alter-ego Tony Clifton -- for months (Carrey even owned Kaufman's bongo drums, which he'd used during his audition for director Milos Forman). His sometimes uncanny impersonation was rewarded with another Golden Globe, but once again the Academy kept quiet. An indignant Carrey next reprised his bankable mania for the Farrelly brothers in Me, Myself & Irene (2000), playing a state trooper whose Jekyll and Hyde personalities both fall in love with the same woman (Renée Zellweger). Carrey's real-life persona wound up falling for her too--a few months after the film wrapped, the pair announced they were officially a couple. By then, Carrey had already slipped into a furry green suit to play the stingy antihero of Ron Howard's How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000). He plans to take a break from the limelight after the holiday flick (as he puts it, "I'm looking forward to getting out of America's face"). Is there another Carrey reinvention in the works? If so, he's not talking.
Trivia random: Many of his characters are ordinary men whose lives are changed by supernatural or otherwise unseen forces. As in The Mask (1994) (" (Ipkiss happens to find the mask), The Majestic (2001) (Appleton is unlucky and suffers amnesia), Liar Liar (1997) (His son's birthday wish comes true), Bruce Almighty (2003) (Divine intervention), The Truman Show (1998) (He finds his life is a TV show), and so on.
Citazione random: "I have no intention of giving up my Canadian heritage, and all those who loved and supported me. My upbringing in Canada made me the person I am. I will always be proud to be a Canadian."