thursday February 14 — ONE DAY ONLY

Valentines Event

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

$15 admission
Cash bar with Beer, Wine, Kombucha, and non alcoholic cocktails…
$5 Pizza slices • Specialty sweets
The Pat returns for 3rd year of its Valentine’s day quirky love stories series!!! 
Harold and Maude, Moonrise Kingdom, and now ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND.

February 14 ONLY

5:45 doors
6:00 an hour of curated music videos
7:00 film

2004 ‧ Romance/Comedy
14A — 1h 48m

This dreamy, playful, tender ode to having loved and lost instead of never loved at all is propelled by Charlie Kaufman’s smart, imaginative script, and Michel Gondry’s equally daring directorial touch, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a twisty yet heartfelt look at relationships and heartache. It’s like a fevered dream of love, but one you remember vividly, with profound pleasure. Written by Charlie Kaufman, Eternal Sunshine is less meta than Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, but more reality-bending than your average Philip K. Dick sci-fi procedural.

Introverted nice guy Joel (Jim Carrey) hears of an experimental procedure to erase troubling memories and dives right in when his impulsive girlfriend, Clementine (Kate Winslet), washes her brain entirely clean of their love-shattered relationship. As kindly Dr. Mierzwiak (Tom Wilkinson, whose bedside manner and medical detachment is both comforting and dark) and his geek-chic trio of assistants (Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, and Elijah Wood) put Joel through erasure, the bottom falls out of the film. Washed-out realism gives way to vivid surrealism, and the labyrinth of Joel’s mind becomes an awe-inspiring collage of mad visions.

It’s a film that demands the presence of thoughts we put aside when surrounded by people, things we only think about when we’re alone, buried in everlasting thoughts. We’re quick to run to love, away from it, to spur it on, or move on from it. In no other film is this more clear than Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind. The insight of the film is that, at the end of the day, our memories are all we really have, and when they’re gone, we’re gone. An eternal classic, not much else to say.

Michel Gondry

Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet, with Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood, and Tom Wilkinson in supporting roles