Daniel P. Barron

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Sunday, May 13, 2018

My first impression of this moviei was that it might be a glimpse into the early life of a certain infamous Romanian. It takes place in Czechoslovakia, about to be invaded by Soviets. The protagonist is a man who dresses well and sleeps around. Although that’s just a figure of speech; he doesn’t spend the night. And I don’t even see a problem with that,ii except that he doesn’t consider the women to be wives. It wasn’t until about half way in that it turned ugly. One of his girls picks up another man in Switzerland after fleeing her home country. Yuck. What’s more, this new guy leaves his wifeiii to be with her! At some point, the main guy fell in love or something and actually married one of the girls. She wanted to know what his lifestyle was like — that is, to “make love without being in love” — and went to bed with some random “engineer” who white knighted her at the bar. She didn’t like it, and decided they had to leave Czech again. Oh I didn’t mention, they fled, she got bored, she went back, he followed, they both lost their passports, and he lost his job as a brain surgeon over not signing a retraction to some anti-communist article he wrote. Well they end up on some farm and later die in a car accident, which I find hard to believe since I live on similar dirt roads — it’s not easy to achieve greater than 35 miles per hour; how do you die from that?

  1. 1988. American adaptation of some novel.
  2. It’s not wrong for a man to have multiple wives.
  3. It is wrong to divorce, always.

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