About

Successful surgeon Tomas leaves Prague for an operation, meets a young photographer named Tereza, and brings her back with him. Tereza is surprised to learn that Tomas is already having an affair with the bohemian Sabina, but when the Soviet invasion occurs, all three flee to Switzerland. Sabina begins an affair, Tom continues womanizing, and Tereza, disgusted, returns to Czechoslovakia. Realizing...

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Directed by

Philip Kaufman

Written by

Philip Kaufman (Screenplay)
Jean-Claude Carrière (Screenplay)
Milan Kundera (Author)

Runtime

171 minutes

Country

United States of America

Language

English

Tagline

A lovers' story

Cast

Keywords

infidelity based on novel or book lover waitress 1960s photographer soviet union communism prague, czech republic surgeon loyalty partnership free love soviet military warsaw pact

Photos

Lists

#87 on AFI's 100 years...100 passions AFI

Awards

Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography Sven Nykvist

Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium Philip Kaufman