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The Unbearable Lightness of Being 1988 ****

Milan Kundera’s novel about the erotic exploits of a Czech doctor is skillfully adapted to the screen by Jean Claude Carriere and writer/director Phillip Kaufman. Daniel Day Lewis brings his trademark intensity to bear on the role of good doctor Thomas, with Lena Olin and Juliette Binoche amongst his conquests. The idea of sexual expression as a political force against repressive government is an unusual theme, and Kaufman explores it in detail, comfortable with rampaging tanks and skinny-dipping alike. 171 minutes is a long time for a simple drama, but the scope of Tomas’ s life inside and outside Communist rule justifies the elaborate, yet always personal detail.

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