The Unbearable

Lightness of Being

US, 1988

A film by
Philip Kaufman



A lovers story...


The Unbearable Lightness of Being, directed by Philip Kaufman, is an adaptation of Czech author Milan Kundera's acclaimed erotic novel set during the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968.


Tomas (Daniel Day Lewis) is a master of seduction. To him women are for pleasure and Sabina (Lena Olin) is the ultimate, a free-spirit like himself who craves physical fulfilment without the burden of love. life is blissfully simple until Tomas meets the young and innocent Tereza (Juliette Binoche) who awakens in him a tenderness he never knew possible.


But this is Prague and the year is 1968, as the Russian tanks roll into the city Tomas is forced to choose between love and sex, freedom and repression and between the two women who have left an indelible mark on his life; his uninhibited lover and his faithful wife. The gates to Tomas’s erotic freedom may be closing forever.


The Unbearable Lightness of Being was an instant hit with critics and audiences around the world and launched Juliette Binoche’s international career. Her portrayal of the delicate and passionate Tereza remains one of her most enduring roles.


Daniel Day Lewis


Juliette Binoche


Lena Olin

Derek de Lint

The Unbearable Lightness of Being
– Trailers –

International teaser


International trailer


International reissue trailer


Japanese trailer


US home entertainment trailer


French TV spot


– Posters –


– Stills –


– Select Scene –

"I know you see other women"


– From the archives –

Juliette Binoche talks about
The Unbearable Lightness of Being


– Soundtrack –
The Unbearable Lightness of Being

"Fairy Tale, III. Allegro"

"The Bird Of III Omen Lingers On"


– Documents –
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Press kit
PDF - English

Movie card
PDF - French

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Reissue flyer
PDF - French


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