Kolya 1997 PG-13

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(95) IMDb 7.8/10
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Winner of the Academy Award and Golden Globe as Best Foreign Language Film, this irresistible comedy treat was embraced by critics and audiences everywhere! A confirmed bachelor is in for the surprise of his life when a get-rich-quick scheme backfires ... setting off a wild set of circumstances -- and leaving him with a pint-sized new roommate!

Zdenk Svrák, Andrei Chalimon
1 hour 46 minutes

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Genres Drama, International, Music, Comedy
Director Jan Sverák
Starring Zdenk Svrák, Andrei Chalimon
Supporting actors Libuse Safránková, Ondrej Vetchý, Stella Zázvorková, Ladislav Smoljak, Irina Bezrukova, Silvia Suvadová, Liliyan Malkina, Karel Hermánek, Petra Spalková, Nella Boudová, René Pribil, Miroslav Táborský, Slávka Budínová, Jirí Sovák, Josef Lakatos, Lubomir Pisa, F.X. Thuri, Milan Hermánek
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
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Great story, acting, scenery and adventure.
For these reasons he begrudgingly accepts his friend's proposition to marry a young Russian woman as a way to earn a lot of money, which Louka desperately needs.
Maizie Lucille James
Kolya is a warm and charming drama that softens the hardest of hearts as the audience views the traumatic experiences and love that the film depicts.
Kim Anehall

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By dances_with_dragonflies on January 24, 2004
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I originally saw this film in a local theater during an International Film Festival, and not long later a co-worker, having heard me rave about it a few times, bought me the video for Christmas. I have watched my Kolya video about once a year since, and I never tire of it. It is just wonderful. I don't find subtitles distracting if they're done well, which they are here (brief sentences, no white text against a backdrop of white walls or tablecloths!) Having always wanted to visit Prague, about which I've heard only wonderful things, I love the film's setting. I think the acting is wonderful, the music beautiful, and the plot charming. You also learn (or are reminded of) some relatively recent and interesting Czech history as an added benefit. There are many clever, poignant and witty cinematic moments in this film (watching it more than once helps you catch them all). And I am utterly smitten by Louka's captivating, romantic tower apartment!! I want one! :-)
This film charms me in such a quiet, touching, unassuming way every time I watch it. I'm glad it's part of my collection.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lynne P. Caldwell on August 1, 2006
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And, I might add, this magnificent Czech film deserved to win these coveted awards.

I have recently been fortunate to have had the opportunity to see some brilliant Foreign Language Films and KOYLA is one of the best. When it was over, I just sat there not wanting to leave this beautiful little boy and the man who opened his heart to this child. So, I watched the extras and it made me love this movie even more after seeing the commentary. Zdenek Sverak, the handsome lead character in Koyla also wrote the story. It took him over a year because he put so much into it. Sometimes he would have to put it away for a couple of months because it was too heart wrenching. In my estimation, Sverak is a genius--what a compelling, beautiful and evocative story. And, his screen presence was amazing. A true family affair, Sverak's son, Jan, is the director.

After a search spanning several countries, an unknown child, five-year-old Andrej Chalimon was found in Moscow. This little boy is so gifted and so natural, he took my breath away and melted my heart. The fetching Libuse Safrankova stars as Klara, the singer with the operatic voice who also ends up stealing Louka's (Sverak) heart.

The story takes place in 1988 when Russia and communism is still destroying the country but is beginning to fade. Louka, a gifted musician (viola) has been fired from the famed Czechoslovakian Philharmonic Orchestra for merely giving a sarcastic response to a Russian interrogator. With his small income from playing at funerals/crematoriums and refurbishing grave headstones, The 55 year-old Louka falls deeper and deeper into debt. He must support himself and his mother who lives in another town and who has a flat that is quite expensive to keep up.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kamil Godula on June 30, 2000
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Although, I personally do not consider the Academy award to be a trademark of quality, somehow it happens that most of the foreign films awarded tend to be superior. This is also true in the case of Jan and Zdenek Sveraks' Kolja. I purposely say superior not excellent. As a person born and raised in the communistic Czechoslovakia I am very proud of the Czech cinematography as well as I am proud of my nation for being so particular about what to watch. Especially remarkable was the role the film art as a messenger during the time when it was not possible to say directly what had to be said.
Kolja is one of the many above-average movies made after the revolution and reflecting people's experience of the communist regime. However, I value even more the ones that had been made before the revolution. They were excellent and they made people stop and think. Czech cinematography offers a great number of excellent and extraordinary films, which will probably never be available here in the USA (e.g. films by Chytilova, Menzel, Forman, Herz, Kachyna, Zelenka and others). I truly think that the only way for a foreign film to succeed in the United States is to be, at least, nominated for the academy award. Which leaves many of the older ones undiscovered.
I'm very glad that Kolja had a chance to reach people beyond the borders of my country and that it has turned people's attention back to the little country in the heart of Europe.
I truly recommend you to watch Kolja. And I believe that if you liked this film, you might try to reach for the rest that's left out there for you.
....I can't resist to make a comment on the little review from the German reviewer saying that the communist would never let people like Louka behave the way he did in the film. I disagree.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Klarenka on June 30, 2002
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This is not a movie; it is a film, almost a work of art. Zdenak Sverak does a wonderful job as the slightly curmudgeonly cellist, and Andrej Chalimon is perfect as the young Kolya of the title. The film slowly yet marvelously follows the development of the relationship between the two characters. The music that follows the scenes is wonderfully written, I highly recommend that fans of the movie buy the soundtrack as well. This is my favorite film of all time, American- or foreign-made, and one that nobody should miss.
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