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Overall Rating
3.73

Awesome46.15%
Worth A Look: 19.23%
Average: 0%
Pretty Bad: 30.77%
Total Crap: 3.85%

2 reviews, 14 user ratings


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Unbearable Lightness of Being, The
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by Greg Muskewitz

"...it's just like any old plain diary about sex..."
2 stars

Without having read the novel of the same name that The Unbearable Lightness of Being was adapted from, I tend to believe that author Milan Kundera's book was more complex than Philip Kaufman's movie leads to suggest.

(I have however, read Kundera's Identity, which, staying complex as it is written, would make an interesting avant garde-type movie.) The better title here might have been The Unbearable Lightness of Boredom, because regardless of newcomer Juliette Binoche's spunk, charm and general natural presence, the wishful effectiveness of the sexual mechanics is not complete at all. There is some sexy images, some surprisingly from Lena Olin, but like a person preoccupied with sex, after awhile it becomes dull and repetitive. The Unbearable Lightness of Being doesn't make what's going on seem risque, but conventional and the motivation for the affair and infidelity ("Sex is for entertainment") doesn't work. After awhile, and not that long after it starts, it's just like any old plain diary about sex. And as it is, I am emphasizing the sex far too much; there is far more talk about it than actual show. Once the flow is slowed down from the initial interest in the movie, it goes into a slow monotonous swill. Binoche, so young and fresh-scrubed is adorable and not bad. Daniel Day-Lewis is okay, excessively haughty, and not for the character. His accent is awkward and comes off goofy.

Final Verdict: D+.

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User Comments

4/07/13 PAUL SHORTT INTELLIGENT, BRAVE, WELL ACTED ADAPTATION, BRILLIANTLY MADE 4 stars
9/01/10 art JUILETTE BINOUCHE is the TRUE STAR of this DEEP MOVIE! 4 stars
9/17/08 Fay Wray Only partially conveys the existential point of the book 4 stars
9/16/08 Dr. Crow One of the most beautiful films I've ever seen. Brilliantly written, filmed and acted. 5 stars
6/17/06 PAUL FLORE DEEP BUT FINALLY MISFOCUSED 4 stars
5/20/06 Diego Quijano Not as deep and sophisticated as the book, but still provides an incredible feel 5 stars
2/01/06 Kankasaur spells the book. sexual liberty just the tip of the iceberg. 5 stars
1/15/06 Jean Yee Excellent 5 stars
10/31/04 rick burt Lewis is terrible, much too long, pretentious. 2 stars
4/17/03 Ionicera characters needed more depth and history, otherwise pretty good 4 stars
10/29/02 Charles Tatum A lot to sit through for some sex scenes 2 stars
3/03/02 cyril stachis wonderful film 5 stars
1/14/02 Flick Chick ummmmm - no. 1 stars
6/14/01 LARRY THOMPSON EXTREMELEY GOOD 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  02-Feb-1988 (R)
  DVD: 07-Feb-2006

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