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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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Comedy | Drama | Music

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

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Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$5,730,711 (USA) (11 July 1997)
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Trivia

Magda Vásáryová turned down the part of Klára, eventually played by Libuse Safránková. 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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The Wedding March
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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Great acting!!
12 August 2004 | by (Provo, UT) – See all my reviews

I watched this film last night on a open air cinema in Sundance and absolutely loved it!! The story is pretty simple and not very original, yet the film manages to be unique!! (it is very similar to the film Ponnette) But what I considered to be the best part of this movie was the little boy's performance. The kid is just the best kid actor I have seen in a long while. His acting not only is fabulous but REALLY touching and convincing.

I highly recommend this movie to anyone that wants to see a well made European movie that can make you laugh and cry at the same time.


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