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Kolya (1996)
"Kolja" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Music  |  24 January 1997 (USA)
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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 by playing ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zdenek Sverák ...
Andrey Khalimon ...
Kolja (as Andrej Chalimon)
Libuse Safránková ...
Klára
Ondrej Vetchý ...
Broz
Stella Zázvorková ...
Mother
Ladislav Smoljak ...
Houdek
Irina Bezrukova ...
Nadezda (as Irina Livanova)
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Blanka
Liliyan Malkina ...
Tamara (as Lilian Malkina)
Karel Hermánek ...
Musil
Petra Spalková ...
Pasa
Nella Boudová ...
Brozová
René Pribil ...
Pokorný
Miroslav Táborský ...
Novotný
Slávka Budínová ...
Bustiková
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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 by playing at funerals and painting tombstones. But he has run up a large debt, and when his friend, the grave-digger Mr. Broz, suggests a scheme for making a lot of money by marrying a Russian woman so that she can get her Czech papers, he reluctantly agrees. She takes advantage of the situation to emigrate to West Germany, to her lover; and leaves her five-year-old son with his grandmother; when the grandmother dies, Kolya must come and live with his stepfather - Louka. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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The perfect grouch has met his match. A five-year-old boy named Kolya.

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Rated PG-13 for some sensuality | See all certifications »

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$37,795 (USA) (24 January 1997)

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$5,730,711 (USA) (11 July 1997)
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45 weeks after it was first released, this was still in the top 3 in the Czech Republic's box office charts. See more »

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Throughout the movie, many background cars are clearly newer than 1989 models. The film is set in 1989. See more »

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Referenced in Vsechnopárty: Episode dated 5 April 2006 (2006) See more »

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American Quartet
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Music by Antonín Dvorák
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Excellent film
13 August 2000 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

I did not think this film was at all sentimental (if you are using the word in its pejorative sense). In reading the comments on this film, I noticed the Czechs who responded were rather lukewarm about it. This surprises me. Kolya works as a film on several levels at once -- political, artistic, personal, etc. and I do not think it is at all predictable. The performances are magical and the entire film is encased by music of very great beauty and humanity by Dvorak and other great Czech composers. Music from Dvorak's "Four Biblical Songs" is at the heart of the film. It is the song that Klara sings at the funerals and the song Kolya is singing before and during the closing credits. The vintage film footage of Kubelik conducting Smetana's Ma Vlast at a concert at the end of the Russian occupation is a wonderful touch. Although I'm sure many other Czech films deserve Oscars, I am glad Kolya was recognized. I hope this film is released on DVD soon.


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