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Critic Reviews for Kolya
As an Oscar nominee, Kolya lacks the cinematic dazzle of France's Ridicule. But no one can claim that its emotional clout isn't earned.
Disappoints as a lumbering mainstream pic that is all too familiar to Americans.
...one of those beautiful, sweet, buttery-lit movies that will leave all but the bitterest cynics smiling.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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