Have you seen Comet, starring Justin Long and Emmy Rossum? Long plays Dell and Rossum stars as Kimberly, together a pair of star-crossed lovers living in beautiful L.A. Their story is told through a series of jumps between significant scenes in their six-year relationship: a long-distance phone call that changes everything, the night they meet at a meteor shower, an afternoon in a Paris hotel room. Each glance gives another piece of the story away, all the while leaving us to wonder, “Will they end up together, or won’t they?”
Comet’s unique cinematography, and the time-jumping storytelling of an ill-fated relationship remind me of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Only in Eternal Sunshine, Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet fall in love, break up, and then try to erase each other from their minds. You know how people make break-up playlists? Well, Eternal Sunshine has always been on my break-up movie playlist. I think what I like about Eternal Sunshine and Comet are that both of these movies show the many facets of a longterm relationship that doesn’t always work out.
There are sweet moments, funny moments, and really real moments that make us uncomfortable. I’m drawn to both of these films because they tell conventional love stories in beautifully unconventional ways.