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
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
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.
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.
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.
It touches you, sure, but rather than with Andrei's performance i was disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, not that movie isn’t beautiful or touching, but it was just a cliché. Sverak took the already verified formula (quite boy, grumpy but nice old man, tragedy, love building, changing personality, learning one from another, escape, and expected ending) and put it into movie. Not bad, but far from good.