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Jan 26, 2018akirakato rated this title 1.5 out of 5 stars
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.