The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

DVD - 2006
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Set in Czechoslovakia in the 1960's, the story revolves around a young doctor who has a way with women and an aversion to politics. He suddenly finds himself caught up in his country's political turmoil and in a crisis of commitment with the women in his life.


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Jan 19, 2021

Does not do the book justice. Focuses too much on the sexual displays and renders the plot boring. No idea what the film version thinks the book was trying to say.

Mar 12, 2020

A philosophical romantic epic drama about the complex relationships between a brain surgeon and two women during and after the 1968 Prague Spring, a period of unrest in Czechoslovakia as a Communist state after World War II. Disc one introduces the main characters and the occupation of Prague by the Soviets and other members of the Warsaw Pact. Disc two showed the very different lives of political dissidents in Prague and countryside under the new regime. Each disc has its own excellent inspiring endings.

Feb 28, 2020

The book is much better. I haven't seen this movie in a while (and just reserved it), but I remember that the director focused the movie much more on the sexual stuff. It does have an excellent cast, although Daniel Day-Lewis does give the main character kind of a demonic, unsavory quality.

Dec 06, 2019

very well rendered!!

Aug 19, 2019

Movie was slow and not that interesting,,good scenery, but story was not that yourself 3 hrs of your life..

Jan 26, 2018

Directed by Philip Kaufman in 1988 based on the novel of the same name by Milan Kundera, this American film portrays the effect on Czechoslovak artistic and intellectual life during the 1968 Prague Spring of socialist liberalization preceding the invasion by the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact that ushered in a period of communist repression.
It portrays the moral, political, and psycho-sexual consequences for three bohemian friends: a surgeon, and two female artists with whom he has a sexual relationship.
I was expecting a political thriller, but it is more like a fantasy of a teenaged boy as far as sexual encounter goes.
What a disappointment!
Today sexual misconduct and sexual harassment have no place in our society.
In the opening "take off your clothes" scene, the film shows inappropriate sexual remarks, if not sexual misconduct of a surgeon. :-)
The film appears too long, but it lacks in substance.
Despite the good casting, the screenplay turns out sloppy.
Even a fine director can't make a good movie out of a bad script.

Jan 23, 2017

Most boring movie ever made.

Jan 10, 2017

Movie is based on the book of the same title by Milan Kundera. If you want to know more about this well known European novelist, you can check his work through

Milan Kundera is a Czech and French writer of Czech origin who has lived in exile in France since 1975, where he became a naturalized citizen in 1981. He is best known as the author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, and The Joke.

Dec 24, 2016

Loved this movie. A top notch historical drama showing the life and times before and after the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. It resonates for me because I remember the time myself as we had two Czech refugees join the physics program I was then taking at the University of Alberta. One was brilliantly successful but not all the refugees had skills to market. The movie includes actual footage of the streets of Prague during the invasion and tells the story of ordinary people: some accepted the invaders and joined the communist party to keep their jobs. Some escaped to the west. Some couldn't cope and decided to go back. I thought it was a very poignant story and the ending was brilliant.

Dec 20, 2016

This would have been a better viewing experience for me had I watched the special features first, in particular about making the movie. It helped contextualize somethings that I had wished I'd understood before watching the film. Otherwise, the film is nothing more than it seems, a bunch of disconnected scenes with a weak woman, a womanizer of high degree set lightly against the backdrop of the Russian takeover of Czechoslovakia.

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Mar 12, 2020

A dozen of quotes in IMDb but the film's tenet is left off, that lightness of being means accepting a certain lack of ultimate meaning in life, and living for momentary beauty.

Here is how Tomas explains his version:

If I had two lives... with one, I'd have her stay at my place. With the other, I'd kick her out. Then I'd compare and see which was best. But we only live once. Life's so light... like an outline we can't ever... fill in... or correct... make any better. It's frightening.
And there is a debate on freedom:

The invasion of our country constitutes a clear act of aggression against an independent country. Our Czech people had the right and the duty to fight against the aggressor. People who don't have the courage to fight with arms in their hands do not deserve freedom.
-So why did you emigrate? Go back and fight. It's easy to tell other people to fight. One day, everybody will be asked, "What did you do against the communist regime?"

aaa5756 Nov 22, 2013

"Respect is for the dead, the living knead dough."- Archie Bunker

aaa5756 Nov 22, 2013

“Respectability is the punishment of the wild.”-Margaret Mitchell

Sep 16, 2010

Tomas: Take off your clothes. [says this about 12 times in the movie... seduces ladies 100% of the time, everytime]


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Aug 04, 2008

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