Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: The Art House Cut
Ken Poirier's distillation of Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind is hauntingly effective.
It focuses on the breakup / erasure, followed by the all-too-human tendency to cling to cherished memories.
Video quality is scruffy, with too much damage.
The audio is not exactly spotless, either.
The story itself is the hook. A poignant look at how fleeting are relationships.
And how fragile - terribly fragile - is love.
Mr Poirier was a decent editor and longstanding member of FE.
I remember him leaving, though I cannot recall the details.
His presence is missed.
I love the source material, so seeing a shorter version of it was fun but ultimately I couldn't get past the aging. It seemed very artificial most of the time, which distracted me from everything else. There were plenty of smart edits but I was unable to engage with it for the most part.
Yeahhhh sooooo.... It's definitely safe to say I liked this short the least. The primary problems were:
1) The aging effects felt forced and unnatural.
2) I didn't know what the motherflip was going in. And I've seen the original movie.
Another impressive effort at condensing a story and maintaining coherence. Most of the editing seemed fine to me - as some others have noted, the only significant issue with this is the "aged film" effect, which was sometimes quite obviously artificial and would likely have benefitted from further adjustment on a scene-by-scene basis (though this would obviously be quite time-consuming).
The story's well condensed, giving it poignancy. Interesting how this edit got me thinking about past relationships.
The aged film effect is sometimes unobtrusive (bueno), at other times draws attention to itself (less bueno).