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2,171 Ratings

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Directed by Philip Kaufman
United States, 1988


Although married to childish beauty Tereza, overly amorous surgeon Tomas continues womanizing with the bohemian Sabina. The three get caught up in the events of the Prague Spring where their lives will change forever.

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being Directed by Philip Kaufman

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1989 | 2 nominations including: Best Cinematography

Independent Spirit Awards

1989 | Winner: Best Cinematography

BFI London Film Festival

2018 | Treasures

National Board of Review

1988 | Winner: Top Ten Films

Critics reviews

The suggestion that we’re supposed to be getting something more than intelligent entertainment from a Kaufman film… leaves an unsatisfying aftertaste. In the case of The Unbearable Lightness of Being – a sexy, watchable, and touching adaptation of Milan Kundera’s novel that is considerably less than the sum of its parts, yet still qualifies as the best Kaufman film that I’ve seen — it may even interfere with part of our pleasure.
February 12, 1988
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