The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Filmfest 2010

Tomas, a top surgeon and compulsive ladies' man in Prague, takes in and eventually marries a lovely country girl, Tereza. He continues his womanizing, however, particularly with his voluptuous mistress Sabina, an artist who takes off for Geneva as soon as Russian tanks put a halt to the Prague Spring of 1968. The sexuality which drenches the entire film possesses a great buoyancy and spirit in the first act, set during the exciting liberalization of communism under Alexander Dubcek. The second act, in Geneva, is comparatively somber and spare, but is punctuated by Sabina's new affair with a married man and by the growing friendship between Sabina and Tereza. As played by Juliette Binoche and Lena Olin, the two women are absolutely enchanting; Binoche is adorably doll-like while Olin is simply striking as a woman who lives her sexual and artistic lives just as she pleases. Variety

tags: Feature film

Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche, Lena Olin, Erland Josephson, Stellan Skarsgård

Credits

Director: Philip Kaufman