The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Director: Philip Kaufman Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche, Lena Olin
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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One of the most haunting aspects of this movie is that my video store today has it under the "Adult entertainment" section which I thought was a joke. I first saw this on its release in 1988 at the age when I shouldn’t have seen it. I'd forgotten so many details of it, and I was newly impressed at the film for the second time. That aside, I must say that despite the length (and a tendency for some parts to be longer than they should have been), this is a very good film. Daniel Day-Lewis plays Tomas so brilliantly, it's hard to think of him in his other familiar roles (Last of the Mohicans, for instance). Juliette Binoche is also great as Tereza Tomas wife. Supporting characters come and go, and the tone frequently changes with little warning. But those two things work perfectly within the context of the movie. Lena Olin, as Sabrina, does well on her role as a sculptor who also can find no place for love without freedom in her life. Her relationship with Tomas is based upon friendship and convenience. Their lovemaking is passionate but not empty or cold. If there is love, it is left unspoken. You can see how Teresa, Tomas and Sabina's actions flow from what they are on the *inside*: This film show’s how Tomas is driven to his womanizing by his need to be 'light', and how Teresa finds this 'lightness' unbearable by her need for intimacy. Add on the absolutely mesmerizing cinematography (it acts as naturally as Teresa, Tomas, and Sabina do), and music that seems written for the movie yet is over 60 years old. This is truly a beautiful European film. Not in the ersatz 'Chocolat' style, but in the tradition of Krieslowski and Wajda. Within itself, it is a very moral film. It has a simple beauty that does not wear its heart on its sleeve, but within the wonderfully understated performances that also include Derek De Lindt and the great Stefan Skarsgaard. You can easily enjoy this film on both TV or on DVD/VHS. If you’re not able see it on TV then don't hesitate to rent it or buy it.
ArtieB More than 1 year ago
A wonderful story about the Prague Spring and the life in the old Eastern Block, while following some very interesting characters. It is riveting; the Soviet Invasion, sexy; the photo shoot, and a great cast with Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche and Lena Olin.
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