ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
2004, Focus Features, 108 min, USA, Dir: Michel Gondry

Director Michel Gondry and writer Charlie Kaufman’s second collaboration earned them a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for this unusual sci-fi romance, hailed by Entertainment Weekly, Paste Magazine and many others as one of the best films of the 2000s. After a break-up, Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet have their memories of each other erased by the Lacuna corporation, but the former lovers remain joined by fate.


HEAVENLY CREATURES
1994, Park Circus, 99 min, New Zealand, Dir: Peter Jackson

“It was our intention to make a film about a friendship that went terribly wrong,” said director Peter Jackson of this acclaimed look at the run-up to a notorious 1954 killing in Christchurch, New Zealand. In strong screen debuts, Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey play obsessive teens who bond over an imagined world and eventually murder the mother they fear will separate them. The remarkable re-creation of the girls’ inner lives is aided by Jackson’s wonderfully visualized fantasy sequences and voice-overs drawn from actual diary entries.


SENSE AND SENSIBILITY
1995, Sony Repertory, 136 min, UK/USA, Dir: Ang Lee

When their father dies, the Dashwood sisters are left impoverished. But sensible Elinor (Emma Thompson) and vivacious Marianne (Kate Winslet) endure, eventually finding love (with Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman). This adaptation of Jane Austen’s first novel was Ang Lee’s first feature outside of Taiwan, as well as Thompson’s first effort as a screenwriter - for which she won an Academy Award.


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