the unbearable lightness of being

1988 ****1/2 172 mins.

This is an absolutely fantastic motion picture that is a fun experience from beginning to end, in spite of its near three-hour length. Those three hours just fly by as we follow the three main characters on their adventures. Daniel Day-Lewis plays Tomas, a womanizing surgeon who learns what love really is with his waiflike wife (Juliette Binoche). Meanwhile, a bond forms between his wife and his mistress (Lena Olin), and political persecution goes on all around them. Why not five stars? Well, there were some parts that lost my attention briefly, and parts of the film just seem a bit, well, off.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Rated R for strong sexual content and nudity.

Starring:
Daniel Day-Lewis + Juliette Binoche + Lena Olin + Derek de Lint + Erland Josephson + Pavel Landovsky + Donald Moffat + Daniel Olbrychski + Stellan Skarsgard

Based on the Novel by
Milan Kundera

Screenplay by
Jean-Claude Carriere & Philip Kaufman

Directed by
Philip Kaufman


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