Eternal  Sunshine Of The  Spotless  Mind

FilmScene Iowa City, IA


Ted Abel, PhD

Professor, Chair, and Department Executive Officer, Neuroscience and Pharmacology

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind— The nature of memory: Modulating memories during sleep

Dr. Ted Abel discusses the neuroscience of sleep, dreams, and the development and loss of memory.

FilmScene Iowa City, IA

Film Synopsis

When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.

Joel (Jim Carrey) is stunned to discover that his girlfriend, Clementine (Kate Winslet), has had their tumultuous relationship erased from her mind. Out of desperation, he contacts the inventor of the process, Dr. Howard Mierzwiak (Tom Wilkinson), to get the same treatment. But as his memories of Clementine begin to fade, Joel suddenly realizes how much he still loves her. From acclaimed writer Charlie Kaufman and visionary director Michel Gondry, this comical and poignant look at breakups, breakdowns, and breakthroughs won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.