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Out of TimeDesire in Atemporal Cinema$
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Todd McGowan

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816669950

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816669950.001.0001

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Eternity without Sunshine

Eternity without Sunshine

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and the Hopelessness of Love

(p.83) Chapter 3 Eternity without Sunshine
Out of Time

Todd McGowan

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses how the time distortion applied in Michel Gondry’s film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind has changed the traditional filmic romantic union. Traditional filmic romantic unions aim to overcome the antagonism between romantic couples. The usual “overcoming” of antagonism in traditional filmic romantic unions is used to create hope that the nature of the society is working to fix what is wrong; for instance in this film, to bring the couple together again. However, Eternal Sunshine fully accepts the use of antagonism. The film projects a relationship that commences from hopelessness in order to shatter the spectators’ expectancy of usual happy endings.

Keywords:   Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, antagonism, hopeless romance

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