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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Hard to match Milan Kundera's ground-breaking novel, but Daniel Day Lewis, Lena Olin and Juliette Binoche embody their characters with a sense of authenticity and grace. A beautiful novel, a solid adaptation.
Any adaptation on Milan Kundera's novels will fall short, unless the audience would be willing to sit through an entire film of subtitles and reading Kundera's book aloud. You cannot simply reflect Kundera's literary take on love, compassion and other seemingly incomprehensible emotions into film. Simply impossible.
Although, it somehow helps when you have Daniel Day Lewis, Juliette Binoche and Lena Olin as cast.
Albeit I notice the Spectator uproar, for those who did read the book of Milan Kundera, I will give you my sincere opinion, even though people still “insist” that movies can be the same as literature, which, obviously, cannot! The movie is incredibly well made: the direction of actors, the cast was well chosen; and the ADAPTATION is loyal to the book.
There are many parts of this film that strike deeply into masterful territory but again I struggle to really get into a character I find somewhat unlikeable. Juliette Binoche is as radiant as ever and she brings out so much nuance in her character. It's strange that Daniel Day Lewis was the one I found most impenetrable despite his fine credentials. A film I feel I might fancy the book even more than the film.