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The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Philip Kaufman (1988)

165min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

Summary

A successful surgeon leads a carefree life in 1960s Czechoslovakia, and pursues complicated romances with two women - a Bohemian artist and a bookish small-town woman. Their lives are thrown into chaos when the country faces invasion by Soviet forces. Drama based on Milan Kundera's novel, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche and Lena Olin.

Cast & Crew

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 Skarsgård
Director Philip Kaufman
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Guidance: Swearing, sex scenes Available on: Available on video and DVD

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