Saturday, April 20, 2013


When we read the book, I thought I had a pretty good sense of the timeline of Unbearable Lightness of Being. Then, we watched the movie and I was like "Whoa. Got that one wrong!" I'm not sure if it was me or the movie taking liberties since it would be easier to tell the story in a coherent timeline. One of the things I was confused about was the photography session between Tereza and Sabina. I thought it happened before they went to Switzerland, but in the moving it happened during Switzerland. Did the movie change that or did I make it up in my head? I don't know. The Unbearable Lightness of Being certainly makes use of time; however, the sense of timelessness suits the book, since with the confusion of time (learning about Tomas' and Tereza's death before seeing it) causes the weight of time and knowing it's limited disappears.


Madeline Davis said...

I found the way the movie used time to be much more linear and straightforward, making ti easier to understand the logical series of events, but I personally preferred the cyclical nature of events in the book's use of time. I found it interesting that the same events seemed to repeat themselves, but we were constantly presented with a new and different perspective. I felt that the novel's portrayal of time helped me to better understand each character's point of view and make my own judgment and assessment of the story's events.

Michell D said...

I think that the difference in time comes from the novel trying to show things from everyone's point of view. The movie didnt really delve into the minds of the characters as much as the book does, and definitely took some liberties in the portrayal of scenes, although I could have forgotten things before I saw the movie. For example I don't remember Franz walking in on Sabina and Teresa when they were taking pictures of each other. However, if I am correct, this is one way the movie portrayed how things overlapped without staying completely true to the book.