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Kolya

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1996
  • Jan Sverak
  • 100 mins
  • 12

Summary

Oscar-winning comedy drama starring Zdenek Sverak and Andrej Chalimon. Prague, 1988. Kicked out of the state orchestra and now scraping a living playing cello at funerals, confirmed bachelor and ladies' man Louka agrees to marry a young Russian woman for cash so she can stay in the country. But his new wife quickly skips to West Germany, leaving her five-year-old son Kolya with his grandmother, and when she dies Louka finds himself responsible for the boy - despite the fact that neither can speak the other's language.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Winner of the Oscar for best foreign film, this is a delightful odd-couple story set in Prague during the last days of Communism. The director's father, Zdenek Sverak (who also scripted), is superb as the former Philharmonic cellist who takes custody of five-year-old Andrej Chalimon after his mother (a Russian interpreter with whom the impoverished musician had contracted a marriage of convenience) flits to the West. With no political axe to grind, Jan Sverak goes for the human interest angle and produces a joyous film, which provokes more than its fair share of smiles and surreptitious dabs of the eyes.

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Credits

Cast

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Frantisek LoukaZdenek Sverak
KolyaAndrej Chalimon
KlaraLibuse Safrankova
Mr BrozOndrej Vetchy
MotherStella Zazvorkova
Mr HoudekLadislav Smoljak
NadezdaIrena Livanova
Aunt TamaraLilian Malkina

Crew

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DirectorJan Sverak

Details

Theatrical distributor
Buena Vista International UK
Released on
1997-05-09
Languages
Czech | Russian | Slovak
Guidance
Contains some swearing.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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