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The Unbearable Lightness of Being

  • Drama
  • 1988
  • Philip Kaufman
  • 165 mins
  • 18

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...

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Review

A star rating of 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.

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Credits

Cast

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TomasDaniel Day-Lewis
TerezaJuliette Binoche
SabinaLena Olin
FranzDerek De Lint
The AmbassaadorErland Josephson
PavelPavel Landowsky
Chief SurgeonDonald Moffat
EngineerStellan Skarsgård

Crew

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DirectorPhilip Kaufman

Details

Guidance
Swearing, sex scenes
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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