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When a literary work is transformed into a film the common question always arises of which is better the book or the movie Each medium has its own unique qualities a film has a visually directed focus flashing images before our eyes while a novel delves into the mental aspects of a plot Thus the same work can be portrayed in two different mediums often they are comparable The 1988 film and novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being is not a competition between the movie and book as to which is better Rather Kaufmans film and Kunderas novel complement each other filling the others inadequacies and building on the others strengths In both versions of The Unbearable Lightness of Being themes of lightness and heaviness complement each other In turn the book and movie mediums balance one another as the two completely different forms of expression create synergy between characters and ultimately lead to a greater understanding of the story The dichotomy of lightness and weight is a recurring theme in both the film and the novel A significant contrast between Tomas and Tereza exists Tomas life of playfulness adventure and promiscuity represents lightness while Terezas life of longing for meaning and commitment represents weight However by the end of both the film and novel Tomas and Tereza both achieve a balance between lightness and weight that results in their bliss and happiness In the beginning of the story Tomas epitomizes lightness Rather than desiring meaning and emotion in relationships Tomas chooses purely physical affairs indulging in ephemeral passion Tomas enjoys having sex with various partners but he never spends the night with others he distances and disengages himself from commitments Furthermore Tomas would never allow a woman to move in with a suitcase as he escapes from obligation and responsibility Tomas physical fixation is also apparent in his often repetition of the phrase take off your clothes Tomas experiences the lightness which he desires
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