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|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.|
"...wondrous and sensuous love story. The Hollywood Reporter
Editor's NoteTHE 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 womanizing 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.
Cast & Crew
|Derek De Lint|
|Bertil Ohlsson - Producer|
|Jean-Claude Carriere, et. al. - Writer|
|Mark Adler - Musical Score|
|Milan Kundera - Based On Novel By|
|Philip Kaufman - Director|
|Saul Zaentz - Producer|
|Sven Nykvist - Director of Photography|
Plot SummaryPhilip Kaufman's film tells the erotic story of a womanizing Czech doctor in 1968 Prague, prior to the Soviet invasion, whose sexual appetite is never fully satisfied. Deeply in love with his young wife, Tereza, he finds true understanding only in bed with his lover, Sabina, who shares the same attitude about sex. Tereza does not and is deeply hurt by his numerous affairs. After the invasion, they leave for Switzerland, but Tereza cannot stand it and returns to Prague. Tomas realizes he cannot live without her and must decide how important his personal and sexual freedom really is to him.
Golden Globe (1989)
|, Nominee, Best Motion Picture, Drama|
|Lena Olin, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress|
|Sven Nykvist, Nominee, Best Cinematography|
With compelling performances from an all star cast, including Shelley ...