Kolya

1996, Comedy/Drama, 1h 45m

24 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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As the Cold War winds down, former concert cellist Louka (Zdenek Sverák) barely makes ends meet providing accompaniment at funerals after being blacklisted from his much cushier job with the Prague Philharmonic. For a fee, he marries a Russian woman (Libuse Safránková) so she can become a Czech citizen, but she immediately emigrates to West Germany, sticking the bachelor with her sickly 5-year-old Kolya (Andrej Chalimon) and a host of official questions about the sham marriage.

Cast & Crew

Zdenek Sverák
Louka
Stella Zazvorkova
Maminka
Ladislav Smoljak
Houdek
Zdenek Sverák
Writer
Ondrej Soukup
Original Music
Vladimír Smutný
Cinematographer
Alois Fisárek
Film Editor
Sona Tichacková
Casting
Milos Kohout
Art Direction
Katarina Hollá
Costume Designer
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Critic Reviews for Kolya

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (1)

Audience Reviews for Kolya

  • Apr 21, 2012
    Really good movie, thought it was interesting looking at how life is in czecoslovakia. The Acting was good as well.
    Paul A Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2011
    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.
    Jan Marc M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 05, 2010
    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!
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 15, 2010
    Zdenek Sverak was great in Empties but this was the original opportunity that I had to see him and I thoroughly enjoyed it. A well deserving Best Foreign Picture back in 1997
    John B Super Reviewer

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