The Unbearable Lightness of Being is a film that illustrates not only the struggles of living in a communist country in the 60’s,but also the development and maturing of the characters that struggle to understand themselves and find what they want most in life. The movie follows the lives of Tomas, Teresa, and Sabina and follows their interactions with one another and with the world around them. One can deduce the change in the characters throughout the film and also find the most interesting and redeeming characteristics they have. Lastly, the film is full of sexual scenes that allow the viewer to look deeper into the characters and how they develop throughout the film.
Throughout the story, Tomas changes from being a carefree brain surgeon who goes from one woman to the next in a matter of days, to becoming a dedicated spouse to Teresa and ceasing his habit of bedding various women. This is exemplified when Tomas is in the bar with Teresa towards the end of the movie and one of the women on the other side of the bar looks at him very suggestively, instead of trying to go talk with this woman, Tomas just ignores it and goes back to watching Teresa dancing. This scene proves that Tomas has grown past his player tendencies and has finally become a faithful husband to Teresa. Also, by the end of the story he is living in the countryside working as a farm hand, as compared to the beginning of the story when he was living in a large city and working as a brain surgeon. Teresa is also a round character in that her demeanor changes throughout the story. When Tomas first meets her she is an awkward and shy young woman, however during the film she becomes much more confident and finds h...
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...y having sex with both of them. Furthermore, Teresa goes to Sabina to take nude photographs of her and after having done so Teresa winds up allowing Sabina to take pictures of her. As the reader can deduce there is a fair amount of sexual content in this film however it is in no way gratuitous. The scenes allow a deeper look into the characters and also show the change that the characters undergo throughout the movie.
All in all, The Unbearable Lightness of Being is an interesting film that conveys the life of its three main characters. The film clearly depicts the change that occurs in the characters since the inception of the film and allows the viewers to sympathize with their struggles. The movie also incorporates a plethora of sexual scenes without making gratuitous, which helps to convey the story and to offer more depth to the characters.
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