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"Kolya", an award winning Czech film set in Prague, is a sweet and sentimental story about a boy (the title character) and a male cellist who, through circumstance, becomes his guardian. Set against a backdrop of Czech countryside and the architecture of Prague, this well crafted and wistful tale is a worthwhile 100 minute watch for those in need of relief from the numbing excesses of Hollywood blockbusters. Potentially enjoyable by all, "Kolya" will be most appreciated by mature audiences, particularly those who favor European films.
Straight to the top of best film list. Saw this film at the Glasgow Film Theatre - not a spare seat nor a dry eye in the house. PERFECT MOVIE.
This movie had a lot of heart. We watch an aging womanizer learn how to be less selfish, and humor the idea of domestic life when he gets stuck with little cherubic Kolya. It doesn't have the sense of grandness or levity that I'd usually associate with an oscar winner but it was enjoyable nonetheless. Everything in this movie was pitch perfect, from the acting to the dialog. The kid was adorable! My favorite scene is Kolya with the escalator. I don't know much about that part of the world, and I am glad I got to learn a little bit about Czechoslovakia- even if it is through a movie. It was cool listening to their language too. At first, I was watching the DVD in French with English subtitles- until I noticed the words and mouth movements weren't matching up! woops.
Louka, a poor Czech musician, agrees to marrying a young Russian woman, in order for him to get some cash and for her to be allowed to stay in Czecho-Slovakia. One must keep in mind that this takes place in 1989, before the fall of the Soviet-Union and the split of Czecho-Slovakia. Louka's new wife soon moves to Germany, leaving a relative to take care of her five-year-old son Kolya. When she falls ill, Louka has to care for Kolya. This leads to big difficulties, as Kolya only speaks Russian and Louka only Czech. This may sound like a really boring movie, but don't be put off by the fact that this is a Czech movie and that you probably have to read the subtitles. Kolya is a sedated, but beautiful movie. It's without a doubt one of the best movies I've ever seen. It shows the world through a child's eyes, especially noticable in the scenes when Kolya is sick. It features wonderful photography, clever lines and both funny and moving scenes. This movie is a work of beauty!
The general plot of this movie is certainly not new--a confirmed
bachelor having a small child dumped into his lap and the subsequent
growth of this individual as a result of raising a kid. However, unlike
some other similar movies, this movie never became cloying or overly
sentimental (the biggest problem with similar movies). Plus, although
this COULD have been a "do it by the numbers film", it diverged into
unusual directions (particularly setting the movie in the waning days
of communist Czechoslovakia) and the ending was NOT so predictable as
The acting, pacing and direction were excellent and I had no complaints about this. The only real complaint I have is that although this type of film is usually intended as family fare, KOLYA is DEFINITELY not--as it has a very brief nude scene. It's a real shame because many who would enjoy this most might not get to see it due to this one extremely brief scene. It DID help the plot along, but was certainly NOT necessary.
This is a lovely movie about a cute little boy. But I don't call it a "kid's movie". The most real human emotions are exposed. There are so many wonderful, moving scenes there, see Louka's large hand holding Kolya's tiny little hand, this can be a token picture of showing the main theme of this movie. Then Kolya's kissing Louka, calling him "papa". The scene when Kolya's making a "phone call" to his grandma, with actually a shower sprinkler. This can express Kolya's actually feelings towards his grandma, how much he misses her. And this did burst me into tears, almost. And a shot close to the ending: Louka waved good-bye to Kolya, then the door slides shut, and Louka's own reflection shows in the mirror-like door... Also, there are many funny scenes about this little boy: his hip got caught by a automatic slide door, but still made his way in; and his interesting behaviors at the escalator, being afraid to step on and off.
This film is so wonderful, it puts one out of words. It is a swiss
watch in thecnical quality. Everything about this film is perfect in my
view. I think it brings out the same transformation in the audience as
in the old womaniser in the film. Also I think it has had an important
political effect all over the world. Specially in the Check republic
where it has helped people to take a stand to their oppressors after
they left. It is not people that dictate and opress, its politics.
People are the same inside all over the world and through all times and
the communists ruled by fear of the people. Everyone would probably had
done the same in the beurocrats and soldiers shoes had they been on that
side at that time. Thats the scary thing with political utopia. Kolya made peace in his innocence and transformed the minds of people as
Elian changed the situation between Kuba and USA. It takes a pure heart
to free people from prejudism and pessimism. The story of Christ is
Enjoyed the movie. Really liked the direction. Watched the movie with Subtitles and I wish I knew Russian or Czech to understand the language barrier between the characters. Found myself smiling through the subtle comical moments in the movie. It is a heart warming story which focuses on relation between a 55 year old man - Louka - a lady's man, who is dedicated to bachelorhood and a concert cellist struggling to make a living and a 5 year old Russian speaking boy - Kolya forced to look-after due to circumstances post a fake marriage in exchange of money. The characters were nicely built and the acting is superb. Wish more movies like this were created and appreciated, a work of art.
This Czech film is worthy of all the accolades. Set in Prague on the end of communism, a Russian mother marries a Czech musician to become a Czech citizen in a marriage scam. Franta Louka is a lifelong bachelor and heterosexual who lives alone in an apartment. When his wife leaves for the West, she leaves her five year old adorable son to a relative who becomes ill and is handed over to Louka. Their relationship progresses as the reluctant father takes a liking to the boy. The film also shows how communism and soviet resentment in Czech. The film is both light hearted and serious. I couldn't help but feel sad by the end. The cast is first rate especially the young boy who played Kolya.
This film is an absolute mastership of movie making. The plot might seem simple to some - older man taking care of a child, but the epicness of this drama lies in the historic setting of this story which is amplified by the absolute mastery of displaying the scenes both through the eyes of a 6 yrs old as well as as the portrayed every-day struggles of a grown individual in the "normalizing" era of Czechoslovakia. The film will captivate you from it's beginning to the end, throughout the whole story in it's heartbreaking moments as well as by the easy set scenes. I do not write reviews often, but just I saw this movie when I was like 16, then sometimes in my 20ies, and being 33 these days I find this one probably the maximum level where a family movie can make it. I have no doubt you will enjoy.
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