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The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  5 February 1988 (USA)
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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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Franz
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The Ambassador
Pavel Landovský ...
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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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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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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Philip Kaufman cast Daniel Day-Lewis after watching glimpses of the actor in a movie showed on TV, which he couldn't remember the name, but he remembered the actor's name and performance and decided he was perfect for the role of Tomas. See more »

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The vintage camera used by Tereza and Sabina in their photo-shoot is a PRAKTICA LTL and it was not released till 1970. See more »

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First Title Card: In Prague, in 1968, there lived a young doctor named Tomas...
Tomas: Take off your clothes.
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22 November 2000 | by (Washington DC) – See all my reviews

Well acted and well directed. An uninhibited examination of lust vs. love, and the comfort of monogamy vs. the prison of possessiveness without over-dramatization or false emotion. Kaufman's depiction is faithful to Kundera's work, even if some depth is lost, as is inevitable in any film adaptation of a novel.


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