USA 171m, Colour; B&W
Director: Philip Kaufman; Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche, Lena Olin
The Unbearable Lightness of Being is the film adaptation of a book of the same name by Milan Kundera which recounts the dramatic events of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in August 1968 and its impact on the intellectual, moral and everyday lives of a surgeon, his wife and his mistress. Daniel Day-Lewis provides an incredibly convincing performance as the bohemian doctor with a penchant for extramarital affairs which he attempts to justify to his wife who struggles to come to terms with her difficulty to accept the situation. This film’s account of the Soviet imposition of a new social order provides a fascinating vehicle to explore the philosophical differences about the meaning of love and life (Klaus Ming March 2010).