Kolya (1997)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 24, 1997
DVD Release Date: July 2, 2002
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mike Clark
USA Today

As an Oscar nominee, Kolya lacks the cinematic dazzle of France's Ridicule. But no one can claim that its emotional clout isn't earned.

Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...one of those beautiful, sweet, buttery-lit movies that will leave all but the bitterest cynics smiling.

Carrie R. Wheadon
Common Sense Media

Adorable kid transforms womanizer in poignant Oscar winner.

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Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Disappoints as a lumbering mainstream pic that is all too familiar to Americans.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Let Kolya work its magic upon your heart.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Perry
A 50-something musician, out of favour with the government and no longer able to play the gigs he's capable of - the ones that pay best, of course - and… More
Luke Baldock
Proof that originality isn't everything. Kolya plays out like so many sentimental pieces of guff. Grouchy old womanising man is left with a child he… More
Jan Marc Macababayao
Kolya is an adorable and charming light drama of a Russian child unexpectedly changing the course of the life of a "father" in question. A genius mix… More
John Ballantine
Zdenek Sverak was great in Empties but this was the original opportunity that I had to see him and I thoroughly enjoyed it. A well deserving Best Foreign… More
Cynthia S.
A charming film with solid performances. KOYLA celebrates the life and trials of a middle-aged cellist in Prague during the Soviet occupation. Louka plays the… More
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