Clementine Kruczynski

Clementine Kruczynski

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
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Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Living… in a great and cheap apartment in New York City for the past four years. She likes to sit outside on the porch with the crickets and drink her gin and tonics.

Profession… bookstore clerk. It’s not hard to spot Clementine when you walk into the store – she’s the one with orange hair with blue streaks. But wait a day and it might be colored something else.

Interests… drinking, traveling, light crime, and whatever the hell else she feels like doing. Clementine is a free spirit who impulsively does whatever appeals to her at the moment. It can be an irresponsible lifestyle, but it makes her feel alive. Beyond her predilection for alcohol, Clem also cares about the simple things in life like good music and books, and taking trips to lie on her back on a frozen river.

Relationship Status… single. Clem is frustrated with the dating scene. As she puts it, “Too many guys think I'm a concept or I complete them or I'm going to make them alive, but I'm just a [screwed] up girl who is looking for my own peace of mind." The memories of her past relationships were so painful that she went to extreme measures to get them out of her mind. 

Challenge… falling in love again. It's hard for her to open up to the idea of being truly in love and trusting another person wholeheartedly, rather than running away when things get difficult. Clementine’s last relationship was with a quiet man by the name of Joel. It was long, tumultuous, all-consuming, and ended in such tremendous emotional pain that the pair both paid Dr. Mierzwiak to have their memories erased. When the two meet each other again, neither remembers that they’ve already dated, leaving them free – if that’s the right word – to recreate the relationship they were once so desperate to forget. 

Personality… intelligent, independent, assertive, and fun-loving. Clementine is smart enough to always question what people tell her to do – a trait that, over a lifetime, has caused her to become something of an outsider. While her exterior is carefree and fun-loving, it can be just a cover for a deep core of neuroticism and self-doubt. But if you had parts of your brain wiped out, you’d probably be a little neurotic too.


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