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55-year-old Louka (Zdenek Sverak) is a gifted musician in Czechoslovakia who once made a good living playing in the State Symphony Orchestra. However, he has little use for the government, and after putting a playfully insulting statement on a government form, he's been banished from official music making. He ekes out a living by giving private lessons, painting gravestones with gold leaf, and performing at funerals. Louka also likes to chase younger women, a surprisingly number of whom are more than happy to be caught. However, when a friend suggests marriage to a stranger, Louka is… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Adorable kid transforms womanizer in poignant Oscar winner."
‑ Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media
"With his big sad eyes, Andrej Chalimon pulls us lovingly and completely into Kolya's life. He's simply perfect as a little Russian refugee in this poignant movie treasure."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Disappoints as a lumbering mainstream pic that is all too familiar to Americans."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Let Kolya work its magic upon your heart."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"...one of those beautiful, sweet, buttery-lit movies that will leave all but the bitterest cynics smiling."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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