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3.7
455 Ratings

Kolya

Kolja

Directed by Jan Svěrák
Czech Republic, 1996
Drama

Synopsis

Franta Louka is a concert cellist in Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia, a confirmed bachelor and a lady’s man. Having lost his place in the state orchestra, he must make ends meet, and a friend suggests a scheme involving marriage to a Russian woman.

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Kolya Directed by Jan Svěrák

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1996 | 2 honorable mentions

Academy Awards

1997 | Winner: Best Foreign Language Film

Sundance Film Festival

1997

Toronto International Film Festival

1996

What are people saying?

  • Lorna Singh's rating of the film Kolya

    Touching without being sentimental. I enjoyed watching as a relationship developed between the cellist and adorable Kolya. A joy.

  • naokoken's rating of the film Kolya

    A perfect movie from beginning to end. Loved the Dvořák music used. Near the beginning after they drive past some pretty women Louka says "I didn't look back. So for me, they'll be beautiful forever." And later when he gives some costume jewelry to a lover one of them says "It's still beautiful even if it's worthless." This move captures something beautiful in its brief time on screen.

  • Dan Banks's rating of the film Kolya

    Most certainly a charming film. Despite being set against Czech/Soviet tensions in the 1980s, it doesn't focus on politics, instead telling a simple story about a 55 year old man and the 5 year old stepson he didn't know he needed. The film has a sweet heart and quiet humor. It's not the most original film I've ever seen, but, then, it wasn't trying to be. Good script and excellent performance from Zdenek Sverak.

  • Genadijus L.'s rating of the film Kolya

    What a tender and lovely story by Czech filmmaker Jan Sverak. Outstanding performance by Zdenek Sverak, beautiful script combining personal stories with the events of the lifetime.

  • mpho3's rating of the film Kolya

    Kolya is, as Nitrate's Eddie Cockrell writes, "full of graceful, provocative imagery and metaphor." Jan Sverák [son of leading man Zdenek Sverák] draws a remarkable performance out of the young Andrej Chalimon as Kolya that is the heart and soul of the film." Chalimon was discovered in a Moscow kindergarten and chosen for being "the biggest troublemaker," which Sverák felt meant the biggest personality. Kudos. 3.5

  • Feng Ling's rating of the film Kolya

    Note to self later: popping the cork and spinning around Klara shoes, experience during fever, other meinute charming details, falling on to the bed, hitting the bell before sleep, great depiction of childlike spirit, ours yours, Hollywood plot formula (lost on train and globally). Lack of strong political opinions being very natural. Farewell at airport shot ending with mirror. Etc

  • Danny Joseph's rating of the film Kolya

    Loved this one. That kid is so freaking adorable and I wanna be as cool as this guy but maybe more successful in my chosen career field. And they make a great team. The scene where he's calling his grandma in the bathtub is unforgettable. Cool.

  • Joe Pryweller's rating of the film Kolya

    This is a critic-free movie if there ever was one. Too touching by yards, with a lovable scalawag and a precocious kid as main characters and a dash of political unrest to boot, it's hard to criticize it. It's not exactly deep and doesn't really have any revelatory moments but that's beside the point. I will be a bit heretical by saying I grew a bit tired of all the montages of the man and boy strolling in Prague.