The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Philip Kaufman (1988)

18 Certificate


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.


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: EnglishColourGuidance: Swearing, sex scenesAvailable on: video and DVD