Reading the scene-by-scene breakdown really drives home how much time-switching takes place in the script. Tons! Plus, I didn’t remember how much time was spent with Mary and Mierzwiak, and Patrick and Clementine. But the main thing I came away with from the breakdown are two movie associations: (500) Days of Summer and Arrival. The former due to its flipping back and forth between present and various states of time in the past; the latter because of the fact both movies end with characters choosing to say “yes” to key relationships, even though they know trouble lay ahead. [One could argue the same about (500) Days if one believes Tom knows he’s likely to repeat many of the same missteps with Autumn that he did with Summer.]

If there’s a message in these stories, I suppose it’s that humans would rather have an AUTHENTIC relationship even if it’s one filled with major ups, downs, and even sorrows. Indeed, it’s what any couple signs up for when they commit themselves to each other, whether they can foresee problems or not.

What are your takeaways from Eternal Sunshine?

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