Philip Kaufman achieves a delicate, erotic balance with his screen version of Milan Kundera’s “unfilmable” novel. Adapted by Kaufman and Jean-Claude Carrière, the film follows a womanizing surgeon (Daniel Day-Lewis) as he struggles with his free-spirited mistress (Lena Olin) and his childlike wife (Juliette Binoche). An intimate epic, The Unbearable Lightness of Being charts the frontiers of relationships with wit, emotion, and devastating honesty.—The Criterion Collection
Born in Chicago, IL, writer/director Philip Kaufman makes accessible American art films and stays out of the Los Angeles area, preferring the home base of San Francisco, working with his wife, Rose, and his son Peter. After studying at the University of Chicago and Harvard Law School, he taught English in Europe and began work on a novel. He got into filmmaking in the ‘60s after traveling to California to meet his literary mentor, Henry Miller. His first two films were satirical comedies: Goldstein, co-directed by Benjamin Manaster, and Fearless Frank, starring a young Jon Voight. During the ’70s he reworked several great American genres with the Western The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid, the whaling adventure The White Dawn, the sci-fi thriller Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and the coming-of-age drama The Wanderers. During this time, he also received writing credits for the highly successful films The Outlaw Josey Wales and Raiders of the Lost Ark. In the ’80s, he turned to literary… read more
"Tomas şunu bilmeli ki; hafiflik/ağırlık karşıtlığı bütün karşıtlıkların en gizemlisi, en çift anlamlısıdır. Seviştiği kadınlarda hep bir anlam araması da bu yüzdendir. Sonuçta sevişmek aynı şeyin sonsuz tekrarından başka bir şey değil midir?" → http://filmonerisi.blogspot.com/2012/12/the-unbearable-lightness-of-being.html
This film is awfully disappoiting for the ones who actually read the wonderful Millan Kundera's book...