Eternal  Sunshine Of The  Spotless  Mind

McWane Science Center Birmingham, AL


Kristina Visscher

Associate Professor of Neurobiology, University of Alabama; Co-director, Civitan International Neuroimaging Laboratory

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind— The remarkably flexible human brain

To kick-off the celebration of Brain Awareness Week, an annual partnership between McWane Science Center and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, neurobiologist Kristina Visscher explores the complexity of the human brain and the of our memory. Presented as part of the 2019 National Week of Science on Screen.

McWane Science Center Birmingham, AL

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.