The Unbearable Lightness of Being (The Criterion Collection)
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(Sep 14, 1999)
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This movie is the best movie i have seen in my whole life, therefore i could not keep silent against the fact that this marvellous piece of work has been misinterpreted by many and hence has been enjoyed to an extent far less than possible.
If you havent seen it yet....
Perhaps the most amazing thing about this film is that an American directed it. It feels so European, and not faux-European--it needs to be done this way. Or perhaps it's really not so surprising, on second thought. I've long observed how European or Europe-born directors make the best American films (Louis Malle with Atlantic City, Roman Polanski with Chinatown, even Paul Mazursky with Moscow on the Hudson), so why not the reverse?
At any rate, after making a somewhat cynical American movie (The Right Stuff), Kaufman reinvented himself as his exact polar opposite, directing this relatively innocent film about the "Prague Spring" and the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. I say "innocent" even though the film is best remembered (in Puritan America at least) for the explicit sex scenes that, to me, are not shocking and are not even the first thing (or second, or third) to come to mind when I think of this marvelous film. Instead I remember Sabina's hat, the quiet moments between her and Tomas, and the feeling pervading the film that life is fleeting, happiness elusive, and life-altering changes lurk around every corner. Instead I marvel at how the film manages to *suggest* the existential novel it came from, even though Kaufman chose not to try to adapt the huge existential portions of Kundera's book. This is a movie about time and place, and indentity, or lack of it; about commitment, about how heavy life seems or doesn't seem dependant upon the government you are stuck with. This is a movie about freedom, who can handle it, and who can't. This is a movie about courage, who has it and who doesn't, and I don't mean just the people who stood up on the tanks.Read more ›
Of course, this movie will appear slow and drawn out to anyone not accustomed to anything but "Armadeggon" and "Sleepless in Seattle", but I never found it dull. This is one of the most beautiful, human films I've ever come to know.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a cult flick. If you're into cult flicks as I am, then it is excellent. If you're looking for a mainstream movie, it's still ok. I personally really enjoyed it. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Steve Martini
I saw this movie a long time ago, Probably 90s.
And after purchasing the DVD, I saw it again in 2006, Then I saw it again last night. Read more
Enjoyed the story, it was an interesting movie to watch.Published 22 days ago by Pilot Mark in Arizona, USA
One of the best movies I have seen in my life. Art, erotism and reflections are perfectly mixed. Still present and makes you think very much about the meaning of life.Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
The first time I saw this movie, I hated it. Watching with my girlfriend, who kept trying to cover my eyes at all the nude scenes. (How's that for irony! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Johnny Rocker