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.


Okay, I guess.


(nodding sympathetically)

Well, why don't you tell me what's going

on? Do you mind if I turn this on?

He indicates a tape recorder.


I don't care.

He turns it on, smiles at her, gestures for her to begin.


Well, I've been having a bad time of it

with um, my boyfriend, I guess.


You guess he's your boyfriend? Or you

guess you're having a bad time with hm?


What? No. I don't like the term

boyfriend. It's so gay.

Mierzwiak nods. He's attentive, pleasant, and neutral



Maybe gay isn't the right word. But,

anyway, it's been rough with him...

whatever the fuck he is. Heheh. My

significant other... heh heh. And I

guess on a certain level, I want to break

it off, but I feel... y'know... it's like

this constant questioning and re

questioning. Do I end it? Should I give

it more time? I'm not happy, but what do

I expect? Relationships require work.

You know the drill. The thing that I

keep coming back to is, I'm not getting

any younger, I want to have a baby... at

some point... maybe... right? So then I

think I should settle -- which is not

necessarily the best word -- I mean, he's

a good guy. It's not really settling.

Then I think maybe I'm just a victim of

movies, y'know? That I have some

completely unrealistic notion of what a

relationship can be. But then I think,

no, this is what I really want, so I

should allow myself the freedom to go out

and fucking find it. You know? Agreed?

But then I think he is a good guy and...

It's complicated. Y'know?


I think I know. I think we can help. Why

don't you start by telling me about your

relationship. Everything you can think

of. Everything about him. Everything

about you. And we'll take it from there.

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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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