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.
Based on the Novel by
Jean-Claude Carriere & Philip Kaufman