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Jan Svěrák Çek Cumhuriyeti, 1996

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.