Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 American drama and romantic comedy by French director Michel Gondry. The film uses a science fiction element to explore the nature of memory and love. Opening in North America on March 19, 2004, the movie grossed more than US$70 million worldwide. It is directed by Michel Gondry, who worked on the story with Charlie Kaufman and Pierre Bismuth, a French performance artist, with all three winning an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2005. The film stars Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet and features Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Wilkinson, Elijah Wood, Jane Adams, and David Cross. The movie's title is taken from the poem Eloisa to Abelard by Alexander Pope which was the story of a tragic love affair.