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Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis , Lena Olin , Juliette Binoche
Director: Philip Kaufman
I first saw this movie in 1990, shortly after I came to the US. It struck a deep cord within me after experienced the Tiananmen Square demonstrations and its aftermath. It also eerily echoed my personal relationship at the time. I have since watch this movie no less than...um...20 times (kidding. maybe just 10).
What you get from watching this movie is distinctly different from reading the book. But the movie itself is superbly produced with a brilliant script, stunning visual effects, masterful direction, gripping music, and outstanding performance from the incomparable Daniel Day-Lewis and all the rest of the cast.
Here is from Amazon:
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