Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind script
Synopsis: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 American romantic science fiction comedy-drama film written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Michel Gondry. It follows an estranged couple who have erased each other from their memories. Pierre Bismuth created the story with Kaufman and Gondry. The ensemble cast includes Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood and Tom Wilkinson. The title of the film is a quotation from Eloisa to Abelard by Alexander Pope.

INT. PUBLISHING HOUSE RECEPTION AREA - DAY

It's grand and modern. Random House-Knopf-Taschen is etched

on the wall in large gold letters. An old woman enters

carrying a tattered manuscript, maybe a thousand pages. She

seems haunted, hollow-eyed, sickly. The young receptionist,

dressed in a shiny, stretchy one-piece pantsuit, looks up.

RECEPTIONIST:

Oh, hi.

OLD WOMAN:

(apologetically)

Hi, I was in the neighborhood and thought

I'd see --

RECEPTIONIST:

I think he's in a conference.

Unfortunately. I'm really sorry.

OLD WOMAN:

Would you just try him? You never know.

As long as I'm here. You never know.

RECEPTIONIST:

Of course. Please have a seat.

The old woman smiles and sits, the bulky manuscript on her

lap. She stares politely straight ahead.

RECEPTIONIST (CONT'D)

(quietly into headset)

It's her -- I know, but couldn't you just

-- Yes, I know, but -- I know, but she's

old and it would be a nice -- Yes, sorry.

(to old woman)

I'm sorry, ma'am, he's not in right now.

It's a crazy time of year for us.

The receptionist gestures toward a Christmas tree in the

corner. Its ornaments are holograms.

OLD WOMAN:

This book -- It's essential that people

read it because --

(gravely, patting the

manuscript)

-- It's the truth. And only I know it.

RECEPTIONIST:

(nodding sympathetically)

Maybe after the holidays then.

INT. TILED HALLWAY - DAY

The old woman carries her manuscript haltingly down a subway

hall. She stops to catch her breath, then continues and

passes several archway with letters printed above them. When

she arrives at one topped by an LL, she slips a card in a

slot. A plastic molded chair drops into the archway. She

sits in the chair; it rises.

INT. TUBE -DAY

The woman is still in the chair as it slips gracefully into a

line of chairs shooting through a glass tube. The other

chairs are peopled with commuters. We stay with the woman as

she and the others travel over New York City in the tube.

There are hundreds of these commuter tubes crisscrossing the

skyline. The woman glances at the manuscript in her lap.

It's called:

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

This serves as the movie's opening title. The other credits

follow, as the old woman studies commuters in passing tubes.

Their faces are variously harsh and sad and lonely and blank.

INT. WAITING ROOM - DAY

SUBTITLED:
FIFTY YEARS EARLIER

Every doctor's office waiting room: chairs against the wall,

magazines on end tables, a sad-looking potted plant, generic

seascape paintings on the walls. The receptionist, Mary, 25,

can be seen typing in the reception area. Behind her are

shelves and shelves of medical files. The door opens and

Clementine enters. She's in her early thirties, zaftig in a

faux fur winter coat over an orange hooded sweatshirt. She's

decidedly funky and has blue hair. Mary looks up.

MARY:

May I help you?

CLEMENTINE:

(approaching reception area)

Yeah, hi, I have a one o'clock with Dr.

Mierzwiak. Clementine Kruczynski.

MARY:

Yes, please have a seat. He'll be right

with you.

Clementine sits. She looks tired, maybe hungover. She picks

up a magazine at random and thumbs without interest.

INT. INNER OFFICE AREA - CONTINUOUS

Mary pads down the hallway. She knocks on a closed door.

MIERZWIAK (O.S.)

Yes?

Mary opens the door, peeks in. Howard Mierzwiak, 40's,

professional, dry, sits behind his desk studying some papers.

MARY:

Howard, your one o'clock.

MIERZWIAK:

(not looking up)

Thanks, Mary. You can bring her in.

She smiles and nods. It's clear she's in love. It's equally

clear that Mierzwiak doesn't have a clue. Mary turns to

leave.

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Charlie Kaufman

Charles Stuart "Charlie" Kaufman (born November 19, 1958) is an American screenwriter, producer, director, and lyricist. He wrote the films Being John Malkovich (1999), Adaptation (2002), and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004). He made his directorial debut with Synecdoche, New York (2008), which was also well-received; film critic Roger Ebert named it "the best movie of the decade" in 2009. It was followed by Anomalisa (2015). more…

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