The Unbearable Lightness of Being Poster

Release Date: March 11th, 1997

DVD Release Date: September 14th, 1999

R|2 hr 51 min

Plot Summary
Successful surgeon Tomas (Daniel Day-Lewis) leaves Prague for an operation, meets a young photographer named Tereza (Juliette Binoche), and brings her back with him. Tereza is surprised to learn that Tomas is already having an affair with the bohemian Sabina (Lena Olin), but when the Soviet invasion occurs, all three flee to Switzerland. Sabina begins an affair, Tom continues womanizing, and Tereza, disgusted, returns to Czechoslovakia. Realizing his mistake, Tomas decides to chase after her.

Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche, Lena Olin, Derek de Lint, Erland Josephson, Pavel Landovsk√Ĺ, Donald Moffat, Daniel Olbrychski

Director: Philip Kaufman

Genres: Drama

Keywords: Tense, 1960s, Love triangle, Escape, Temptation


Winner Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)