Kolya

  • 1996
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Jan Sverak's sincere study of a crusty classical musician whose life is transformed by an unlikely chain of events is a modest film about flawed people and their relationships. On the eve of Czechoslovakia's 1989 "Velvet Revolution," veteran cellist Louka (Zdenek Sverak, the filmmaker's father, who also penned the screenplay) -- once a mainstay of the Czech...read more

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Jan Sverak's sincere study of a crusty classical musician whose life is transformed by an unlikely chain of events is a modest film about flawed people and their relationships. On the eve of Czechoslovakia's 1989 "Velvet Revolution," veteran cellist Louka

(Zdenek Sverak, the filmmaker's father, who also penned the screenplay) -- once a mainstay of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra -- has fallen on hard times, reduced to making ends meet by playing funerals at the city crematorium. In exchange for a modest fee, the confirmed bachelor agrees to marry

a friend's Russian niece so she can obtain Czech papers. The apparently simple -- even fortuitous -- arrangement sours when the bride skips out to Germany, leaving behind 6-year-old Kolya (Andrej Chalimon). Louka reluctantly takes the boy in, even though it cramps his style as a sometime lover of

other men's wives. Chalimon plays the tyke with an appealing blend of innocence and pathos, and audiences will easily predict the film's resolution -- especially as Louka becomes increasingly involved with a woman who also seems to get along well with little Kolya. Director Sverak elicits a sturdy

performance from his actor father, but, more importantly, he draws the viewer subtly into the perspectives of both the child and his new guardian, letting the camera tell the story of their slowly developing friendship.

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  • Released: 1996
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Jan Sverak's sincere study of a crusty classical musician whose life is transformed by an unlikely chain of events is a modest film about flawed people and their relationships. On the eve of Czechoslovakia's 1989 "Velvet Revolution," veteran cellist Louka… (more)

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