Interesting but slow, not even Daniel Day Lewis could save it
Why did i add this to my list?!!! - BORING!!!
I agree, not realistic enough, calculated to please the crowds with beautiful /"cool" people (the driver wearing dark sunglasses even when it is a rainy weather, just for that extra style) plus a good dose of cuteness (a piglet, a puppy, etc.). Juliette Binoche plays a "naive" cutie too. Can smell Hollywood style undercurrents. Three starts only from me, overall not convincing to me, with undisputed superficial beauty.
Overall an enjoyable movie, but for me it suffered from some problems, maybe related to it being made in the USA. I agree with the comments below about the irritating accents: either make the movie in English or in the original language. The other American part about it that let it down for me was that much of it was too easy and beautiful: All the beautiful women, easy sex, recent refugees from Czechoslovakia living in beautiful big apartments in Geneva, talented photographers shooting indoors without regards to light etc. It would have been much more powerful if it had been made to look more realistic.
This was an excellent movie if a trifle long and only for the broad-minded.
The most unbearable aspect of this movie is the put-on foreign-accented English. It detracts from the story and is quite silly. The characters in the story would have spoken in the languages appropriate to where they were: Prague or Geneva, certainly not English. Otherwise the movie is worthwhile and interesting.
Can't quite work out why this has a viewers rating of 3.5 when all of the reviews are 5 or 4 stars.
This film is one I had seen years ago, but could not remember so clearly. I'm on a Day-Lewis kick at the moment so I rented this.
An absolute classic and one of the instances where an English speaking actor affects a European accent and it works beautifully. This erotic tale set mostly in 1968 Prague (but shot elsewhere because of it's strong anti-communist sentiments) is a stunning achievement. Day-Lewis as Tomas, the womanising brain surgeon, Juliette Binoche as the innocent who falls deeply in love with him and Lena Olin as his passionate but independent artist lover are all wonderful. Look for Stellan Skarsgard in an early support role. Brilliant. I'll watch it again.
"Making of" doco explaining how archival footage was used with the actors is very interesting.
4 and a half stars.
I watched this film when it came out originally, and loved it then. It did not disappoint this time. A fascinating and original subject, erotic scenes done with taste and sensitivity, gorgeous cinematography, brilliant actors. Despite its length, it did not lose interest for a moment. A gem!
How happy I was to see this movie again. It was like meeting up with an old friend. I like this movie because it works on so many levels, a beatutiful and sometimes humouress love story but also a moving political and historical summary.
Well cast and shot movie that exemplies the art of film-making. Great attention has been make to period details, and the selection of excellent actors make it a remarkable film.
An innocent country girl, a free-loving doctor and his casual girlfriend are the main players in this very absorbing movie set in the old Czechoslovakia. Juliette Binoche in her first big role.
Don’t be put off (or put on) by the many sex scenes, this powerful and moving story is about commitment and love and the lack thereof. Tomas (Daniel Day-Lewis) and Sabina (Lena Olin) have an amorous relationship without emotion that enables each to glide above the responsibilities that love brings until Tereza (Juliette Binoche) enters Tomas’s life and the unbearableness begins, but ever so tentatively. Set in Prague in 1968, director Phillip Kaufman uses actual news footage of the Russian invasion that realistically incorporates Tomas and Tereza’s involvement in the street demonstrations. Escape to Geneva ensues, but in a portent of promise and an acceptance of trust, the couple return to occupied Prague and a heartening, but excruciating finale.
A really good film. Excellent acting
I loved this movie - beautifully filmed, wonderfully acted, courageous in its content and faithfully captured the essence of Kundera's novel.
What could have been a brilliant movie was spoiled by the Director's lack of story
discipline and inability to edit succinctly. Beautifully photographed, but dragingly
slow. Rome burned while Nero fiddled, but in this case, Hungary was invaded by
the Russians while Daniel Day-Lewis copulated here, there and everywhere. End