Unbearable Lightness of Being, The (1988)

The problem of coming to terms with reality is the simplest explanation for this blatant, European-style art film directed by American Philip Kaufman.

Lengthily elaborated from Milan Kundera's bestseller, it concerns a womanising surgeon (Daniel Day-Lewis) in Prague in 1968, who is enjoying a purely sexual relationship with like-minded painter Sabina (Lena Olin) until his free-spirited philosophy is challenged when he falls in love with young waitress Tereza (Juliette Binoche).

Then Soviet tanks invade Czechoslovakia . . .

Some wonderful atmospherics of a besieged culture don't make up for the fact that, at just under three hours, it runs out of important things to say - though that doesn't stop the movie trying to say them.

Daniel Day-Lewis
Juliette Binoche
Lena Olin
Derek De Lint
The Ambassaador
Erland Josephson
Pavel Landowsky
Chief Surgeon
Donald Moffat
Stellan Skarsgård

Philip Kaufman