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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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Kolja (as Andrej Chalimon)
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Klára
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Broz
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Mother
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Houdek
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Nadezda (as Irina Livanova)
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Liliyan Malkina ...
Tamara (as Lilian Malkina)
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Musil
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Pasa
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Brozová (as Nella Boudová)
René Pribil ...
Pokorný
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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)

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$5,730,711 (USA) (11 July 1997)
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The child actor who plays Kolja, Andrey Khalimon, was not cast until three weeks before filming started. 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 Vratné lahve (2007) See more »

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American Quartet
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Music by Antonín Dvorák
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Magical performances in a touching film
19 April 1999 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Take the old formula of two mismatched people being forced to live together, and rejuvenate it by losing the cliches and adding excellent script and direction, and utterly superb acting by all the cast, especially the two leads (the grouch and the boy). The characterisations are just spot on.

Whenever I see films like this I end up both very glad to have seen such an outstanding movie, and extremely irritated that practically no-one knows about this gem of a movie, yet films like 'Godzilla' rake in money.

My thanks to all involved with this movie; you have produced a work of art.


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