Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: The Art House Cut

 
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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.

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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.

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When love turns sour, there's a lot of residual pain. This short explores the notion of removing that pain. But like Kirk said - "They're the things we carry with us, the things that make us who we are. If we lose them, we lose ourselves." I think that sums up the surreal experience that follows. Removing the bad means removing the context for the good memories that make us hurt. Interesting stuff. Film degradation/damage effects seem convincing to me.

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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.

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8.7
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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).

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