The Unbearable Lightness of Being

  • 18
  • Philip Kaufman (1988)
  • US
  • 165 min
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

The problem of coming to terms with reality is the simplest explanation for this blatant, European-style art film directed by American Philip Kaufman. Lengthily elaborated from Milan Kundera's bestseller, it concerns a womanising surgeon (Daniel Day-Lewis) whose main loves are sacred (Juliette Binoche) and profane (Lena Olin), and how their involvement collides with the communist authorities in their native Czechoslovakia. Some wonderful atmospherics of a besieged culture don't make up for the fact that, at just under three hours, it runs out of important things to say - though that doesn't stop the movie trying to say them.

Plot Summary

Romantic political drama starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche and Lena Olin. Prague, 1968: Tomas is a doctor who has little time for politics but plenty for his purely sexual relationship with like-minded painter Sabina. However, his free-spirited philosophy is challenged when he falls in love with a young waitress. Then Soviet tanks invade Czechoslovakia...

Cast and crew

Cast

Tomas
Daniel Day-Lewis
Tereza
Juliette Binoche
Sabina
Lena Olin
Franz
Derek De Lint
The Ambassaador
Erland Josephson
Pavel
Pavel Landowsky
Chief Surgeon
Donald Moffat
Engineer
Stellan SkarsgÄrd

Crew

Director
Philip Kaufman

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Guidance: 
Swearing, sex scenes
Available on video and DVD
Certificate 18
Categories
Drama