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An American European Classic!!! Slow yet rewarding!!!!!,
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This review is from: The Unbearable Lightness Of Being (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] (DVD)
This is a Classic Film make no mistake about it. Yes, it is slow but it is meant to be.
Is it a faithful adaptation of the book? I would say yes considering the source material. The book contains whole sections of intellectual pondering regarding the internal struggle involved in passionate love. These passages are unfilmable.
What we have here is a very European film dripping with cold sexuality and emotional torture. The Actors, the Director and all involved in this production should feel very proud of what they have achieved.
The Direction is confident and fresh. The performances are faultless. Juliette Binoche is truly a remarkable actor. Her desperation is beautifully played. I have to say that this is one of the best displays of acting I think I have ever seen ("I know he loves me, I know he love's me!"). Only a cold heart could not be moved by such a truthful and outstanding performance. On top of that she is also incredibly sexy.
Daniel Day-Lewis plays his part with such realism that he seems almost not to be acting. That is the art of the game. Lena Olin is also outstanding. She is one of the most attractive and sexually alluring women ever to have graced the screen. The scene in which she complains about the music is, I feel, a classic moment and so true. It is played to perfection.
I love this film, and that's what it is, a film. Not a book. This Film seems to tap into something truly moving and touching. Thank you to all the crew involved. A Classic of Cinema.