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"A lovers' story"

The Unbearable Lightness of Being is a romantic dramatic film that was written by Jean-Claude Carriere and Philip Kaufman, who also directed, based upon the book by Milan Kundera. The story follows successful Czechen brain surgeon, Tomas (played by Daniel Day-Lewis) who is an unrepentant lothario. His current lover is Sabina (played by Lena Olin), an artist who is as care free as he is. When Tomas leaves to the city to operate on a man, he comes across a waitress called Tereza (played by Juliette Binoche). Dreaming of escaping her mundane life, she follows him back to Prague and lives with him - complicating Tomas's lifestyle.

Tomas requests that Sabina assist in finding work for Tereza. She is a photographer and when she learns that Tomas is also lovers with Sabina, she becomes upset. Just then, the Soviet Army invades Czechoslovakia. Tomas, Tereza and Sabina leave Czechoslovakia for the safety of Switzerland.

Sabina meets a married professor called Franz (played by Derek de Lint). They have an affair and he leaves his wife and family, but Sabina leaves him.

Tomas and Tereza try to adapt themselves to Switzerland, but Tereza finds the people to be inhospitable. As soon as she realizes that Tomas has continued his womanizing, she abandons him for Switzerland. Tomas becomes upset when she leaves for Czechoslovakia and follows her.

Tereza works as a waitress and an engineer propositions her. Since she knows of Tomas's numerous infidelities, she goes ahead with an unpleasant liaison with the man. Filled with remorse, she is also worried that the engineer may have been a secret agent and could blackmail her and Tomas.

Tereza considers suicide, but Tomas thwarts it. They leave the city for the country where a prior patient of Tomas' takes them in. Sabina went to the US, where she lives a bohemian lifestyle. She later becomes aware that Tereza and Tomas died in a car accident.

R
| 1988 | 2 hr 51 min | 7.4/10 | 73/100
Cast
Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche, Lena Olin, Derek de Lint
Studio
Orion Home Video
Director
Philip Kaufman
Language
English
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