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The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)

In 1968, a Czech doctor with an active sex life meets a woman who wants monogamy, and then the Soviet invasion further disrupts their lives.

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Cast

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Franz
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The Ambassador
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Pavel
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Chief Surgeon
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Interior Ministry Official
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The Engineer
Tomasz Borkowy ...
Jiri (as Tomek Bork)
Bruce Myers ...
Czech Editor
Pavel Slabý ...
Pavel's Nephew
Pascale Kalensky ...
Nurse Katja
Jacques Ciron ...
Swiss Restaurant Manager
Anne Lonnberg ...
Swiss Photographer
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Storyline

Tomas is a doctor and a lady-killer in 1960s Czechoslovakia, an apolitical man who is struck with love for the bookish country girl Tereza; his more sophisticated sometime lover Sabina eventually accepts their relationship and the two women form an electric friendship. The three are caught up in the events of the Prague Spring (1968), until the Soviet tanks crush the non-violent rebels; their illusions are shattered and their lives change forever. Written by Dan Hartung <dhartung@mcs.com>

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A Lovers Story.

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Drama | Romance

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5 February 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La insoportable levedad del ser  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

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$10,006,806 (USA)
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After the Soviet invasion, several shots actually show Lyon : the church in front of which a Soviet tank is parked is the cathedral of Lyon, the one on top of the hill is the basilica of Fourvière. See more »

Goofs

The pig that attends the wedding is relatively newborn. When Tomas and Tereza return to Czechoslovakia after a stay in Geneva and a lengthy stay in Prague, they move to the farm where the farmer proudly claims the pig has grown. By this time, the pig would be very much bigger than the pig on the cart. Pigs typically grow hundreds of pounds in the first 4 months of life. See more »

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[first lines]
First Title Card: In Prague, in 1968, there lived a young doctor named Tomas...
Tomas: Take off your clothes.
[line recurs several times during film]
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Unbearably Beautiful - one of the best films ever made
11 August 2001 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

One of the most romantic films ever made, it shows the problems of people whose intimacies and personal conflicts are being interrupted by history on the move. I think this film surpasses the novel, which is utterly cynical (although understandably). Even in the last moments of the novel, Teresa is concerned that Tomas is cheating on her. The film also does well by dropping much of Franz's character - he was kind of uninteresting compared to Teresa, Tomas, and Sabina. It also drops such deadweight characters as Teresa's mother, Tomas' son, and Franz's wife. Also, a ton of different coworkers are combined into a few, so that their characters have time to develop. By concentrating on the three central characters, this film blossoms past what the novel ever achieved (although the novel is arguably more historically important). Philip Kaufman and Jean-Claude Carriere also add a couple of beautiful scenes that weren't in the novel, including Tomas' and Teresa's wedding, which is one of the most beautiful scenes in filmdom.


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