The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)

A lovers' story

  • Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama
  • Release Date: 1988-02-05
  • User Rating: 7.064/10 from 338 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 51min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Philip Kaufman
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Successful surgeon Tomas leaves Prague for an operation, meets a young photographer named Tereza, and brings her back with him. Tereza is surprised to learn that Tomas is already having an affair with the bohemian Sabina, 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.


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  • Daniel Day-Lewis

    as Tomas
  • Juliette Binoche

    as Tereza
  • Lena Olin

    as Sabina
  • Derek de Lint

    as Franz
  • Stellan Skarsgård

    as The Engineer
  • Erland Josephson

    as The Ambassador
  • Pavel Landovský

    as Pavel
  • Donald Moffat

    as Chief Surgeon
  • Daniel Olbrychski

    as Interior Ministry Official
  • Tomek Bork

    as Jiri
  • Bruce Myers

    as Czech Editor
  • Pavel Slabý

    as Pavel's Nephew
  • Pascale Kalensky

    as Nurse Katja
  • Jacques Ciron

    as Swiss Restaurant Manager
  • Anne Lonnberg

    as Swiss Photographer
  • László Szabó

    as Russian Interrogator
  • Vladimír Valenta

    as Mayor
  • Clovis Cornillac

    as Boy in Bar
  • Consuelo De Haviland

    as Tall Brunette
  • Leon Lissek

    as Bold Man in Bar
Editing Walter Murch Editor
Writing Philip Kaufman Screenplay
Directing Philip Kaufman Director
Production Saul Zaentz Producer
Sound Mark Adler Original Music Composer
Production Bertil Ohlsson Executive Producer
Production Paul Zaentz Producer
Production Paul Zaentz Associate Producer
Writing Jean-Claude Carrière Screenplay
Camera Sven Nykvist Director of Photography
Art Pierre Guffroy Production Design
Costume & Make-Up Pierre Guffroy Costume Design
Writing Milan Kundera Author
Editing B.J. Sears Editor
Editing Michael Magill Editor
Editing Vivien Hillgrove Gilliam Editor