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The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being is a 1988 American drama film, an adaptation of the 1984 novel of the same name by Milan Kundera. It was directed by Philip Kaufman, who co-wrote the screenplay with Jean-Claude Carrière, and stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche and Lena Olin. The film portrays Czechoslovak artistic and intellectual life during the Prague Spring, and the effect on the main characters of the communist repression that resulted from the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968.

Plot

Tomas, a successful brain surgeon in communist Czechoslovakia, is pursuing an affair with Sabina, an equally carefree artist in Prague. Tomas takes a trip to a spa town to conduct a specialized surgery. There he encounters dissatisfied waitress Tereza, who desires intellectual stimulation. She later tracks him down in Prague and moves in with him, complicating Tomas's affairs.

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    award BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography National Board of Review: Top Ten Films National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Director National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Film
    contentLocation Geneva Prague Switzerland
    director Philip Kaufman
    editor Walter Murch
    genre drama political
    keywords anti-communism anti-communist blacklist bohemian bohemianism brain surgeon city life claim communist czechoslovakia country road czechoslovak socialist republic detach drive follow hear laugh love affair married prague spring secret agent soviet army spa town spring west window washer
    musicBy Leoš Janáček Mark Adler
    nomination Academy Award for Best Cinematography Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Director National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Film National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
    producer Bertil Ohlsson Paul Zaentz Saul Zaentz
    productionCompany The Saul Zaentz Company
    publisher Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Orion Pictures Warner Bros. Pictures
    recordedAt Cour des Voraces Czech Republic Gare de Senlis Geneva Hôtel de Beauvais Lyon montée du Chemin-Neuf Paris place Saint-Jean rue Juiverie San Francisco
    theme erotic