Montauk beach house that we were introduced to in the opening scene this holds

Montauk beach house that we were introduced to in the

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Montauk beach house that we were introduced to in the opening scene this holds significance because Clementine goes upstairs and a hesitant Joel unsure if he should follow her up there leaves the house. This is because he was already in a relationship at the time and he had some fear about this new impulsive indivual he had just met. Mary (Kirsten Dunst) works in the office with the Doctor (Tom Wilkinson) and plays a key role in the film because it is through her that protagonist’s find out that their memories were erased. As we get deeper into the story, Mary and the technician are at Joel’s apartment clearing his memory, something goes wrong and they need to call the Doctor in order to fix it. The Doctor arrives at the apartment and we eventually see a scene between Mary and the Doctor where she comes on to him and kisses him. Through a window the Doctors wife (who followed him) sees the two kiss and Ortiz 5
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both Mary and the Doctor run out to give their respective explanations. The wife just replies with “ don’t be a monster Howard tell the girl” we find out that Mary and the Doctor previously had an affair and she doesn’t remember because her memories were erased. The Doctor tells her “you wanted the procedure, you wanted to get past it, im sorry”. This is important to the plot because it catalyzes Mary’s decision to quit her job and in an act of revenge she sends every patient that she helped treat their file back. Joel and Clementine are in the car when Clementine receives her file and they listen to her tape speaking about how much she hates Joel and wants him erased for good. Joel kicks her out of the car pissed off at what he is hearing. Once Joel arrives at home he finds his file in the mail and listens to his tape. Clementine comes to his apartment while Joel still has the tape playing loudly. They apologize to each other for all of those things that they cant remember and make up. This scene really ties together the idea that our memories always catch up to us; although neither of them remembered each other they still somehow ended up together and repeating the same events that they used to have when they were a couple. The movie ends while they run on the beach in Montauk where they met and it is snowing. Everything fades to white which indicates that they will have a fresh start/clean slate. Ortiz 6
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