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The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)

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In Philip Kaufman's surprisingly successful film adaptation of Czech author Milan Kundera's demanding 1984 best-seller, Daniel Day-Lewis stars as Tomas, an overly amorous Prague surgeon, while Juliette Binoche plays Tereza, the waiflike beauty whom he marries. Even though he's supposedly committed, Tomas continues his wanton womanizing, notably with his silken mistress Sabina (Lena Olin). Escaping the 1968 Russian invasion of Prague by heading for Geneva, Sabina takes up with another man and

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Philip Kaufman, Jean-Claude Carriere

Feb 28, 2006

Orion Home Video

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Love, the filmmakers repeat ad nauseum, is the only act of freedom in times of trouble. 

So it is about girls, after all...

November 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

Engaging, well-acted, often lyrical rendition of Milan Kundera's famous novel, Philip Kaufman's film contains some of the most erotic scenes to be in seen in an American picture

December 26, 2010 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

A wonderful political, sexy drama with outstanding performances. A provacative excursion.

December 19, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Audience Reviews for The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Love, sex, politics, growth - a lot is packed into this movie. I do agree with those who think the film is a little long.
February 4, 2013
Redlats

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It was more like ?the unbearable anticipation that the end of the film will be soon?! This film seemed to go on forever, without any excitement, in fact, this has to be one of the dullest films ever made and that?s uncharacteristic of both Daniel Day Lewis and Juliette Binoche.
September 10, 2008
76Majikat

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Against the backdrop of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, a Prague doctor and womaniser finds himself in a relationship with the naive young Tereza, whilst still enjoying carnal delights with his artist lover. An intelligent romantic-drama with an insight into the politics of bohemian Prague at that time. It would seem too long at 3 hours if it were not for the numerous gratuitous sex scenes that add some spice to the more serious aspects of the drama.
August 30, 2008
RossCollinsUK

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    1. Tomas: Don't worry. I'm a doctor.
    – Submitted by Marton J (12 months ago)
    1. Tereza: In Prague, I only needed you for love. In Switzerland, I was dependant on you for everything.
    – Submitted by Ahmer B (2 years ago)
    1. Tereza: Life is very heavy to me and it is so light to you.
    – Submitted by Ahmer B (2 years ago)
    1. Tereza: There is love and there is sex and sex is entertainment like football.
    – Submitted by Raj G (2 years ago)
    1. Tereza: Prague has grown so ugly.
    – Submitted by Raj G (2 years ago)
    1. Tomas: Take off your clothes!
    – Submitted by Raj G (2 years ago)
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