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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Tomas
... Tereza
... Sabina
... Franz
... The Ambassador
... Pavel
... Chief Surgeon
... Interior Ministry Official
... 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
... 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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Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$202,189, 5 February 1988, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,006,806
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Lena Olin's American film debut. See more »

Goofs

When Tereza goes on her first photo foray into downtown Prague the soundtrack features a woman singing a Czech version of "Hey Jude," the original Beatle version of which was not released until August 26,1968 - the week after the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Breakthrough Stars of 1990 (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

"String Quartet N°1 (Kreutzer Sonata)
Composed by Leos Janácek
(1923)
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Frustrating
20 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

If you have read the book, the movie is frustrating. If you haven't, it's just a bad movie. The sex scenes are terrible. Tereza looks like a stupid girl. And all the reflections that make the book wonderful are lost and vague in the movie, and just can't be expressed in the dialogs or Tomas thoughts.


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