Maria Price Comm 220 - 970 Pawlowski 8 January 2014 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind The film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind by Charlie Kauffman’s is a romantic science fiction film with a nonlinear plot revolving around Joel, played by Jim Carrey, an emotionally withdrawn character who meets the spontaneous and carefree Clementine, played by Kate Winslet. The two are immediately drawn to one another and although they do not realize it at the time Joel and Clementine are former lovers that have since been separated after spending two years together in a complementary relationship. Their relationship is based upon the exchange of different and complementary behaviors (Knapp, 2009). While engaging in what is portrayed as one of their first encounters, Clementine takes full control while Joel becomes submissive. Shy Joel showed nonverbal cues of not wanting to engage in conversation with Clementine but she fought his cues and approached him; immediately jumping into intensifying their relationship (Knapp, 2009). She sat close to him and began to disclose personal information about how she views her own personality and sometimes feels a little nuts. The initiation between the two almost seemed as though they had known each other and shared past experiences because it was so informal. Throughout the movie, Joel and Clementine were portrayed as opposite characters. Joel was a silent listener who didn’t always offer verbal feedback, was often unexpressive and displayed a problem with self disclosure. Joel showed a dependency on Clementine which
ultimately represented his submissive pattern in their relationship (Knapp, 2009). Clementine on
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