priya’s review published on Letterboxd:
𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦?
i read somewhere that kaufman treats his scripts like templates. he creates emotion based off the ones the viewers can grasp from their own experiences, making his films just as much about the watcher as they are about the characters.
i first fell in love with film because i found one that i felt understood me in the same way i understood it. and eternal sunshine is one of the few films that has made me feel the same way since.
this film was sensitive and smart and rhythmic. the scenes fell into the next effortlessly, pulling back and forth between dream and reality, love and hate, longing and regret. and at the end, somehow, eclipsed into something recognizable, into a story i somehow felt i'd lived through, seen a hundred times before, in other stories, through phone line conversations, in the faces of passerby.
i was lucky to finally watch this movie at the perfect time in my life. because even though it's kinda a sad one, if you're already feeling down, it feels like the warmest hug.