7.8/10
12,052
63 user 63 critic

Kolya (1996)

Kolja (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 24 January 1997 (USA)
Trailer
1:20 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC
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 »

Director:

Writers:

(story), (screenplay)
Reviews
Won 1 Oscar. Another 20 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Empties (2007)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A comic love story about a man who refuses to accept that old age is empty of love, meaning and value to society.

Director: Jan Sverák
Stars: Zdenek Sverák, Daniela Kolárová, Pavel Landovský
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Comedy about the people who inhabit a small town. For years the overbearing Pavek has endured Otik, the "town idiot," sharing his meals and the front seat of their dump truck. But Otik is ... See full summary »

Director: Jirí Menzel
Stars: János Bán, Marián Labuda, Rudolf Hrusínský
War | Drama | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The friendship of two men becomes tested when they both fall for the same woman.

Director: Jan Sverák
Stars: Ondrej Vetchý, Krystof Hádek, Tara Fitzgerald
Cosy Dens (1999)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Two families, Sebkovi and Krausovi, are celebrating christmas, but not everyone is in a good mood. Teenage kids think their fathers are totaly stupid, fathers are sure their children are ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Hrebejk
Stars: Michael Beran, Miroslav Donutil, Simona Stasová
Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia, a childless couple agree to hide a Jewish friend at great personal risk of discovery and execution.

Director: Jan Hrebejk
Stars: Bolek Polívka, Csongor Kassai, Jaroslav Dusek
Shortcuts (1981)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

An evocation of the childhood memories of Bohumil Hrabal in his provincial town of Nymburk, dominated by the local brewery.

Director: Jirí Menzel
Stars: Magda Vásáryová, Jirí Schmitzer, Jaromír Hanzlík
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A selfish self-centered widowed ruler, barely tolerated by his subjects and called appropriately enough, 'King Myself, First' asks his three daughters to name the measure of their love for ... See full summary »

Director: Borivoj Zeman
Stars: Jan Werich, Vlasta Burian, Irena Kacírková
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Rudolph II, the Holy Roman Emperor, does not have a simple life. And yet he manages to complicate it even more with his frequent outbursts of anger. While he searches for a mythical Golem, ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Fric
Stars: Jan Werich, Marie Vásová, Natasa Gollová
The Ride (1994)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Two guys bought a car and travelled through the country untill they met a lonely girl on the road. So they begin to travel together having so much fun. And there is another guy who has a ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Sverák
Stars: Anna Geislerová, Radek Pastrnák, Filip Renc
Biography | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  
Director: Ladislav Smoljak
Stars: Zdenek Sverák, Valérie Kaplanová, Petr Cepek
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Older group of workers are forced to attend the high school and finish it.

Director: Oldrich Lipský
Stars: Jirí Sovák, Václav Lohniský, Iva Janzurová
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A comedy concerning a down on his luck bookshop owner with a penchant for women who decides to make some money by pretending to be a waiter and collecting cash from unsuspecting diners.

Director: Ladislav Smoljak
Stars: Josef Abrhám, Libuse Safránková, Daniela Bakerová
Edit

Cast

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)
...
Blanka
Liliyan Malkina ...
Tamara (as Lilian Malkina)
Karel Hermánek ...
Musil
Petra Spalková ...
Pasa
Nela Boudová ...
Brozová (as Nella Boudová)
René Pribil ...
Pokorný
Miroslav Táborský ...
Novotný
Slávka Budínová ...
Bustiková
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

|

Country:

| |

Language:

| |

Release Date:

24 January 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kolya  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$5,730,711 (USA) (11 July 1997)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

45 weeks after it was first released, this was still in the top 3 in the Czech Republic's box office charts. See more »

Goofs

After Kolya becomes lost on the subway network and is trying to negotiate the escalator, he is trying to step onto the left hand side of the up escalator. However, from Kolya's point of view shot, he is trying to step onto the right hand side of the up escalator. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Impressions and Recollections
Written by Zdenek Fibich (as Zdenék Fibich)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
tender. loving. amazing.
25 August 1999 | by (oslo, norway) – See all my reviews

Kolya combines a big, pulsating heart with a wide range of visual creativity. It is touching, it will make you weep. But the tears that you shed aren't cheap. They don't flow from your eyes because of average schmaltz. This is a genuine masterpiece full of emotions, and Sverak has a fingerspitzen-gefühl that makes him a master filmmaker.


12 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Other good/classic/better films from or about this area? bookratt
A sequence missing? bdugi
Czech Vs. Russians zenkampf
the part with flags monika-zihlova
Nikdo nemá co rict ? dabingcz
Wasn't the name of the film 'Kolja'? Saluton
Discuss Kolya (1996) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?