Rent The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)

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Let others in 1968 Prague fret over such things as a liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Prague surgeon and avowed womanizer Tomas is focused on the happiness of pursuit. He's determined to live with a lightness of being that's unfettered by things like commitment and Communism. A young doctor's quest for sex and his stumbling into love forms part of the rich storyline of this lyrical film from the landmark Milan Kundera novel, produced by Saul Zaentz and directed by Philip Kaufman. Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche and Lena Olin indelibly form the romantic triangle at the center of Tomas' world.
It's a shifting world of hope spoiled and renewed, of lives blighted by oppression and reinvigorated by deep, maturing love.
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Milan Kundera, Jean-Claude Carrière
Sven Nykvist

1989 BAFTA Best Adapted Screen Play

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166 minutes
English Dolby Digital 2.0, French Dolby Digital 2.0
Arabic, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, French
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Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
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Hidden meanings - The Unbearable Lightness of Being review by HM

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Two 1960's Prague City people, he a surgeon and she an artist, have a libertarian attitude to life and enjoy an unconditional sexual relationship. Isn't life fun, free and above day to day problems? They both meet people who take a more traditional 'let's get married' attitude to life. Can the sexual relationship survive in the margins of the conventional? The Prague Spring erupts on the streets and the Russians crush it. The two libertarians become 'none people'; can they somehow recreate their freedom to feel good about life regardless of adversity and circumstances now beyond their control; see how it develops. A movie to make you think or just accept it as a romantic adventure, up to you.

Personally I was gripped by the subject matter and felt I understood the underlying philosophical issue. Or maybe I was trying to be too clever for my own good?

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Excellent portrayal of the book. - The Unbearable Lightness of Being review by DW

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Recently watched the DVD of The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Read the book about 2 years ago, but had forgotten a lot of the plot. The film brought it all back and I thought it was a faithful rendition.

Rather a lot of sex scenes but somehow there was an element of the ridiculous which left us laughing out loud. I was unaware how old the film was - mid 80s - but Juliette Binoche looks about 17 (which she wasn't) and D D Lewis about 30 (which he was).

There were lots of scenes relating to the 1968 soviet invasion which ended the Prague Spring, some of which looked like genuine news footage. Brought back a lot of memories of that time.

A special source of joy was the music. For me so many recent films seem to be ruined by intrusive music, but in this one the music was sparse and all, or almost all pieces from Janacek’s piano pieces On an Overgrown Path and his two string quartets which were perfect choices, I thought.

Highly recommended.

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