Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind & No Other Woman

Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind

This movie caught my attention when I turned on the  TV. I forgot about my dance exercise and cooking lessons altogether. Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet were a strange couple. The movie was very intriguing and it would keep you thinking and guessing. Clementine (Kate Winslet)  brought color and excitement to Joel (Jim CarreyUntil)’s dark and boring life. Until one day, Clementine didn’t seem to recognize Joel anymore – which left Joel broken and hurt.

Apparently,  Clementine has erased Joel from her memory through a medical procedure. She requested that the procedure be done to her because she was no longer happy with her relationship with Joel and she wanted to move on. I instantly remembered the time when I so wanted for someone to invent a “memory pill” so that I could forget everything about my past, delete them all from my memory and just stop hurting. It’s like that when we experience so much pain, we could make permanent decisions based on temporary feelings.

Back to the movie.. Joel decided to have the same operation so he could also forget all about Clementine and just move on with his life. Meanwhile, an interesting twist happened in the story. The doctor’s wife caught him and his secretary making out. The younger girl asked for forgiveness and admitted that it was her mistake for having a silly crush on the doctor and told the wife that there was really nothing going on with the two of them. Surprisingly, the wife pitied the young girl and told the doctor to tell the truth to her.

The doctor’s secretary (Kirsten Dunst) discovered that the doctor performed the procedure on her because they had an affair and they both agreed that it would be best if she’d forget about the two of them because the doctor was married and had kids. Later, the secretary discovered that she was happier before the operation and now she was miserable. She wanted all the other patients who had the procedure performed on them to remember their past and she sent all the recorded tapes to them – including Clementine and Joel – who were, at the meantime, getting to know each other again (without knowing that they had a past).

Both Clementine and Joel (who were starting to get romantically involved with each other again) were shocked to receive their respective recordings with the doctor – detailing why they wanted the procedure to be done on them. They realized that they were already a couple before and they wanted to erase each other from their lives.

Did they end up together – again? Hmmm..maybe. Sometimes in our lives, we could come to a point when we just want to delete people from our lives. Deleting them from our contact list on our phones or friends list on Friendster/Facebook can be really therapeutic and can help us in our process of healing. But that doesn’t mean that we are able to completely delete them from our lives – and the reality is, we really CAN’T.

We all have our own ways of healing and moving forward. And later, when the pain is gone, we will be able to see how and why that person became a part of our lives.🙂

No Other Woman

Why did I relate this movie with the previous one? Because the former also had an interesting story of how a married man wanted to correct his mistakes by erasing himself from the memory of his mistress.

With No Other Woman, if you are a wife, you’d feel triumphant and proud. And if you are a mistress, it makes you realize that you are fighting a losing battle – except if the married man is really in love with you and is willing to leave his family for you. Tough luck.

It’s really a nice movie – really worth my time and money. Aside from being a huge fan of Anne Curtis and Derek Ramsay is like, my super crush, the movie was well written. Thumbs up to Philippine Cinema.

Now women have an idea on how to be a cool, “palaban”, and smart wife – you have to fight for your right, for your love, and for your man! And keep them away from hot, seductive, temptations a.k.a. mistresses. Haha.

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