The Unbearable Lightness Of Being details
|Starring:||Juliette Binoche, Lena Olin, Erland Josephson, Donald Moffat, Derek de Lint, Daniel Day-Lewis|
|Studio:||WARNER HOME VIDEO|
The Unbearable Lightness Of Being
|Run time:||2 hours 45 minutes|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
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Thought provokingBy Hugh from York, Hugh , 09 Jul 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]The film is based on the novel by the Czech novelist Milan Kundera, whose works all seem to consider eroticism with a certain wistfulness, as if to say that while his characters were making love they were sometimes distracted from the essentially tragic nature of their existence. Yes, it is erotic. But more importantly this film explores a complex story, one of nostalgia, loss, idealism and romance.
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The Unbearable Lightness of BeingBy a customer from St. Austell , 21 Jun 2009
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideThe problem with an existentialist/ romantic film is that it lacks heart. Day-Lewis' character, Thomas is a hedonist - he has the Lightness of the title, but that is countered by Binoche's romantic love. The enormous gulf between those two positions is filled by passionate love and, surprisingly, a dog. As a result, the heart of the film is eroticism, infidelity and, yes, that dog. Does it have anything to say? Well, not really, unless you have a liking for the philosophy of Nietzche - that of immorality and the will to power.
So the climax of the film, bizarrely, is the death of the dog (from cancer), and the ending is pure Mills and Boon. The only way this film might make sense is as a personal expression of the life of Milan Kundera, who, like the protagonists, fled communist Czechoslovakia for the West. It certainly had nothing to say to me, and I found it a huge disappointment.
reviewBy a customer from EDINBURGH , 23 Feb 2009This blend of erotica,politics and philosophy should have been unfilmable but somehow kaufman manages to get the essence of the book across pretty well , and makes a fairly sucessful movie mainly through the 3 great lead performances .
Its overcooked by about half an hour though and struggles to portray the characters motivations well enough , but its an honorable attempt .
unbearable lightness of beingBy rochie (3 reviews) from wimborne , 16 Feb 2009enjoyment of film impaired because could not access audio,tried everything no damn good.
Totally forgettableBy a customer from Colchester , 27 Jan 2009One star because of DDL.
Apart from that I found it extremely boring pretentious nonsense.
A Treat for the SensesBy a customer from Heywood , 25 Jan 2009Well, this film was always going to look good, with DDL, Binoche and Olin aboard. The story, setting and plot are fascinating and all the sexiness, for once, actually works as an integral part of the story and the film rather than as an indulgent diversion - as well as being lovely to look at. The relationships manage keep the conflicted nature of their romance as something thought-provoking. The only reason I'm not giving this the full 5 stars is the fact that the main lead actors, though excellent, are not Czech (as far as I know) wheras the setting of the film is one that will, I imagine, mean a great deal to Czechoslovakian people . For instance, how would an English viewer feel, if a foreign cast and crew, however good, made a film about, say, the Miners Strike ?