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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
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Philip Kaufman cast Daniel Day-Lewis after watching glimpses of the actor in a film shown on TV. He couldn't remember the name of the film but he remembered the actor's name and performance and decided that he was perfect for the role of Tomas. See more »
During Sabina's final monologue at the end of the film, Lena Olin's Swedish accent is quite noticeable. See more »
First Title Card:
In Prague, in 1968, there lived a young doctor named Tomas...
Take off your clothes.
[line recurs several times during film]
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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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