The Unbearable Lightness Of Being DVD


Daniel Day-Lewis stars as Tomas, the happily irresponsible Czech lover of Milan Kundera's novel, which is set in Prague just before and during the Soviet invasion in 1968. Lena Olin and Juliette Binoche are the two vastly different women who occupy his attention and to some extent represent different sides of his values and personality. In any case, the character's decision to flee Russian tanks with one of them--and then return--has profound consequences on his life. Directed by Philip Kaufman, this rich, erotic, fascinating character study with allegorical overtones... is a touchstone for many filmgoers. Several key sequences--such as Olin wearing a bowler hat and writhing most attractively--linger in the memory, while Kaufman's assured sense of the story inspires superb performances all around. --Tom Keogh [show more]

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28 June 2013
Warner Home Video 
166 minutes 
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Daniel Day Lewis stars as a playboy surgeon who falls in love and marries Tereza, whilst continuing an adulterous affair with Lena Olin. Set in Prague just before the 1968 Russian invasion, the three main characters cannot help but get involved in their countries' turmoil. They go to Geneva but return to Prague where Lewis is asked to renounce an anti-Communist article he wrote some years earlier, and in refusing he loses his job. Based on Milan Kundera's acclaimed novel.

THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING is a sensual and sensitive adaptation of Milan Kundera's tragicomic existentialist novel that follows the story of Thomas (Daniel Day Lewis) a womanising Czech doctor in 1968 Prague prior to the Soviet invasion whose sexual appetite is never fully satisfied Thomas believes in keeping sexual gratification separate from love and finds true understanding and erotic bliss with Sabina (Lena Olin) a seductive and elusive artist However Thomas's understanding of love and commitment is challenged when he meets Tereza (Juliette Binoche) a sexually naive and innocent young woman who captures Thomas's fancy on an out-of-town business trip When Tereza appears on his Prague doorstep Thomas lets down his guard and allows the young woman to stay with him breaking all his rules regarding the dangers of seductive entanglement Despite his numerous affairs Thomas falls deeply in love with Tereza and they eventually marry Sabina accepts Thomas's marriage to Tereza but Tereza cannot accept Thomas's many lovers and is deeply hurt by her sly husband Tereza's own sexual awakening and creative spirit is at the core of the film as she is undeniably captivating to both Thomas and Sabina who becomes her friend and artistic mentor The three become involved in an intense love triangle that is eventually shattered by the violent Soviet invasion of 1968 Tereza's burgeoning photographic passion is documented in a creative black-and-white montage of the invasion beautifully crafted by cinematographer Sven Nykvist This captivating and brilliant literary adaptation is a subtle and complex character study in which Daniel Day Lewis Lena Olin and Juliette Binoche give magnificent lead performances

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