W: Philip Kaufman & Jean-Claude Carrìere [based on the
novel by Milan Kundera]
DP: Sven Nykvist
Ed: Walter Murch
Mus: Mark Adler
Daniel Day-Lewis (Tomas), Juliette Binoche (Tereza), Lena Olin
(Sabina), Derek de Lint (Franz)
understand that the book this adaptation is based on was a critically-acclaimed bestseller, and perhaps one day I might read it, but this film is just a load of tits and bums, to be incredibly
Set during the Prague Spring of 1968, Daniel Day-Lewis stars
as Tomas, a surgeon who embarks on love affair with two women, one a bohemian free spirit with the same sexual appetites as him, and the other, a coy artist with a more conservative
view of their relationship.
Their relationship is affected by a Soviet invasion, bringing
about it the Warsaw Pact and communist oppression, which, quite disappointingly happens in the background, without really offering any knowledge for anyone who isn't read up on it.
Personally, I'd rather watch something on the same subject
with more political mechanics, and if I wanted to watch three people fucking, I can always visit some adult websites... it's all quite pretty, and probably did as good a job it could with
adapting a novel with such adult themes, but it glosses over the important stuff and still feels an hour too long.