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The Unbearable Lightness of Being

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Released

1988

Runtime

172

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

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What's it About

Set just prior to the Prague Spring in 1968, this erotic war drama tells the story of a womanizing Czech surgeon, Tomas (Day-Lewis), who marries shy beauty Tereza (Binoche), while continuing to carry on a heated affair with libertine Sabina (Olin). Tomas despises politics, but after the Soviets invade, he's forced to take a position. He must re-assess his philosophy of love as well, when the Communist authorities investigate his past and Sabina flees to Geneva.

Why we love it

Based on Milan Kundera's heady novel, Kaufman's steamy film about a playboy doctor who wishes to live without the burden of commitments — whether to people or ideologies — was the kind of art-house film that Americans flocked to in droves. It's not hard to see why: a distinguished cast, including the phenomenal Day-Lewis and Binoche; titillating lovemaking scenes featuring the stunning Olin au naturel; and the tense, historic setting all contribute to a winning formula. Beyond its "Last Tango"-style prurience, this "Being" stands as an intelligent, involving rumination on eros and existence.