The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

DVD - 1988
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Publisher: Warner Bros., 1988.
ISBN: 9781419817144
1419817140
Branch Call Number: DVD FICTION UNB
Characteristics: 2 DVDs (172 min.)

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gracieclover
Jan 23, 2017

Most boring movie ever made.

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singidunum_25
Jan 10, 2017

Movie is based on the book of the same title by Milan Kundera. If you want to know more about this well known European novelist, you can check his work through www.goodreads.com

Milan Kundera is a Czech and French writer of Czech origin who has lived in exile in France since 1975, where he became a naturalized citizen in 1981. He is best known as the author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, and The Joke.

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mckeett
Dec 24, 2016

Loved this movie. A top notch historical drama showing the life and times before and after the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. It resonates for me because I remember the time myself as we had two Czech refugees join the physics program I was then taking at the University of Alberta. One was brilliantly successful but not all the refugees had skills to market. The movie includes actual footage of the streets of Prague during the invasion and tells the story of ordinary people: some accepted the invaders and joined the communist party to keep their jobs. Some escaped to the west. Some couldn't cope and decided to go back. I thought it was a very poignant story and the ending was brilliant.

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dprodrig
Dec 20, 2016

This would have been a better viewing experience for me had I watched the special features first, in particular about making the movie. It helped contextualize somethings that I had wished I'd understood before watching the film. Otherwise, the film is nothing more than it seems, a bunch of disconnected scenes with a weak woman, a womanizer of high degree set lightly against the backdrop of the Russian takeover of Czechoslovakia.

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jchrisc
Feb 17, 2016

Unbearable tedium between sex scenes

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Ron@Ottawa
Oct 14, 2015

This film is 2.5 decades old but it remains one of my top films in the human drama/love triangle genre. At close to 3 hours it is a long film, but it held my attention throughout. The political backdrop - Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia - provides a more solemn tone to the otherwise more mundane love story. Excellent acting by all.

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ManMachine
Apr 29, 2015

According to a number of reviews that I've read (on IMDb) - This 1988 movie was, apparently, an absolute corruption of the novel, which was written by Czech-writer, Milan Kundera, in 1984.

Perhaps this was so (I haven't read Kundera's book) - But I will tell you one thing that's totally true - At a 3-hour running time, "The Unbearable Lightness Of Being" was, indeed, totally unbearable to tolerate.

Regardless of containing some deliberately distracting, soft-core erotica, thrown into the story for good measure, the love-triangle that transpired between Tomas, Tereza and Sabina was such a tiresome, little, cry-baby affair that any gratuitous sexuality wedged into the action only served to render the rest of the story as being nothing but a blasted bore.

Set in Prague in the year 1968 - Believe me, this film was very-very dry storytelling.

And, I think that that dullard, actor, Daniel Day-Lewis was totally miscast as the fickle, conceited, playboy doctor who seemed to spend a good part of his waking hours dutifully jumping in and out of bed with one babe after another.

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lukasevansherman
Dec 16, 2013

Sexy time! Based on Milan Kundera's great novel of sex, philosophy and the Prague Spring, D. Day-Lewis plays a Czech doctor who "gets around" (and I don't mean by bicycle!) and is involved with two women, a sensual artist who wears a bowler (Lena Olin) and the sweet, more reserved Juliette Binoche. For a mainstream film, there is a fair amount of sex and it's often compared to "Last Tango in Paris." The performances are good, although Day-Lewis is much more subdued than he would be in later films like "There Will Be Blood" and "Gangs of New York." He plays his character as if he's aloofly amused at his ability to seduce pretty much any woman. As a literary adaptation, it's a failure, totally jettisoning the philosophical undertones of the novel in favor of sex and evil Soviets. Also, did it need to be almost 3 hours long? Probably not, but it helps it be more "unbearable." Part of director Philip Kaufman's sex trilogy, also see "Henry & June" and "Quills."

aaa5756 Nov 22, 2013

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. Not too bad---good performance. I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.

mrsgail5756 Nov 22, 2013

This wasn't the worst movie I've ever seen, it is far from being good. I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way. Very predictable but still entertaining.

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aaa5756 Nov 22, 2013

"Respect is for the dead, the living knead dough."- Archie Bunker

aaa5756 Nov 22, 2013

“Respectability is the punishment of the wild.”-Margaret Mitchell

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mikeyj
Sep 16, 2010

Tomas: Take off your clothes. [says this about 12 times in the movie... seduces ladies 100% of the time, everytime]

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joseph
Aug 04, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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