The Unbearable Lightness of Being

  • Dir: Philip Kaufman

  • USA, 1988, English, 171min, DCP

  • Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche, Lena Olin

Philip Kaufman, Jean-Claude Carrière and Milan Kundera himself (as consultant) created this compelling film that evokes and yet diverges from Kundera’s powerful novel of Czech society and its intellectuals caught between hope and despair after the Prague Spring. Following the intertwined and extrapolated affairs of surgeon Tomas (Daniel Day-Lewis), his artist lover Sabina (Lena Olin) and his lover-turned-wife, the waitress-turned-photographer Tereza (Juliette Binoche), we enter a maelstrom of political change and trajectories of exile. The film explores the quest for place, happiness and belonging in a world where betrayal is writ large across an entire nation.

BAFTA Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay

6.4 (SAT): Film talk with Long Tin



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