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Story

Daniel Day-Lewis stars as Tomas, the happily irresponsible Czech lover of Milan Kundera's novel, which is set in Prague just before and during the Soviet invasion in 1968. Lena Olin and Juliette Binoche are the two vastly different women who occupy his attention and to some extent represent different sides of his values and personality. In any case, the character's decision to flee Russian tanks with one of them--and then return--has profound consequences on his life. Directed by Philip Kaufman, this rich, erotic, fascinating character study with allegorical overtones is a touchstone for many filmgoers. Several key sequences--such as Olin wearing a bowler hat and writhing most attractively--linger in the memory, while Kaufman's assured sense of the story inspires superb performances all around. --Tom Keogh

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Dolby
  • Widescreen

Cast

Daniel Day-LewisTomas
Juliette BinocheTereza
Lena OlinSabina
Derek de LintFranz
Erland JosephsonThe Ambassador
Donald MoffatChief Surgeon
Daniel OlbrychskiInterior Ministry Official
Stellan SkarsgardThe Engineer

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Philip Kaufman
  • Producer: Criterion/Voyager
  • Length: 171 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaFeb 5, 1988
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJul 24, 2001
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