Eternal  Sunshine Of The  Spotless  Mind

Andrew E. Budson, M.D.

Neurologist, Boston University

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind— Why we forget and how to remember better

Prior to the film, Neurologist Dr. Andrew E. Budson will give a presentation on memory inspired in part by the film, and afterwards Dr. Budson will be signing copies of his new book: Why We Forget and How to Remember Better: The Science Behind Memory.

This event is part of our 2024 National Evening of Science on Screen.

Martha's Vineyard Film Society Tisbury, MA

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.

About the Speaker

Andrew E. Budson, M.D. is Chief of Cognitive Behavioral Neurology and Director of the Center for Translational Cognitive Neuroscience at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Boston Healthcare System; Associate Director and Leader of the Outreach, Recruitment, and Engagement Core of the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center; Professor of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine; and Lecturer in Neurology at Harvard Medical School.