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Kolya (1997)



Average Rating: 8.8/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 0

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55-year-old Louka (Zdenek Sverak) is a gifted musician in Czechoslovakia who once made a good living playing in the State Symphony Orchestra. However, he has little use for the government, and after putting a playfully insulting statement on a government form, he's been banished from official music making. He ekes out a living by giving private lessons, painting gravestones with gold leaf, and performing at funerals. Louka also likes to chase younger women, a surprisingly number of whom are more


Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Zdenek Sverák

Jul 2, 2002


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All Critics (44) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (1) | DVD (2)

Adorable kid transforms womanizer in poignant Oscar winner.

July 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Disappoints as a lumbering mainstream pic that is all too familiar to Americans.

February 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews of those beautiful, sweet, buttery-lit movies that will leave all but the bitterest cynics smiling.

August 28, 2002 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

With his big sad eyes, Andrej Chalimon pulls us lovingly and completely into Kolya's life. He's simply perfect as a little Russian refugee in this poignant movie treasure.

June 24, 2002 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Let Kolya work its magic upon your heart.

February 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Kolya

A 50-something musician, out of favour with the government and no longer able to play the gigs he's capable of - the ones that pay best, of course - and accepts a payment to marry a Russian woman so she can leave the Soviet Union. Along with her comes a son, and when she flees for West Germany, she leaves the boy behind. What follows is the story of the bond created between man and boy reluctantly cast into a father-son relationship. There's plenty of honest comedy and touching moments as the two become close, despite not even speaking the same language, and the fall of communism and the independence of Czechoslovakia colour in the background to make for a wonderful film.
December 16, 2012

Super Reviewer

Kolya is an adorable and charming light drama of a Russian child unexpectedly changing the course of the life of a "father" in question. A genius mix of light drama and humor. The enchanting story, solid performances, and profound soundtrack paramount to a genuine magical experience for the heart.
September 10, 2011
Jan Marc Macababayao

Super Reviewer

A charming film with solid performances. KOYLA celebrates the life and trials of a middle-aged cellist in Prague during the Soviet occupation. Louka plays the cello like an angel, but seduces married women with his devilish charm. All this changes when he inherits a young boy from an arranged marriage. The uneasy relationship between man and boy blossoms into mutual affection. Beautifully filmed, KOYLA ranks high as a must-see movie!
November 5, 2010

Super Reviewer

Proof that originality isn't everything. Kolya plays out like so many sentimental pieces of guff. Grouchy old womanising man is left with a child he doesn't want. Of course he starts to care for the child and they bond, igniting a part of the man he never knew existed. It succeeds by first placing it in a setting of political unrest. Second, it creates a language barrier between the boy and man, making the sparks of friendship even more affective. Last, the young boy isn't precocious or irritating. He's a sweet boy, and the performance is one of heartwarming realism. It all becomes a bit too sweet and sugary, but at least it ends with it's dignity in tact.
April 22, 2009

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