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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 unexpectedly willing to consider the matter. It seems that Broz (Ondrej Vetchy), a gravedigger and a good friend of Louka's, has a niece, Nadezda (Irena Livanova), with a young son who wants to stay in Czechoslovakia. However, she's a Russian citizen and lacks the proper papers. In order to stay, the young mother needs to marry a Czech citizen, and she and her aunt are willing to pay a "husband" for his troubles. Louka, hard up for cash and in need of a used car, grudgingly agrees to the arrangement and weds Nadezda. However, once she has her papers, Nadezda heads for West Germany to be with her boyfriend, and after her aunt unexpectedly dies, Louka finds himself in custody of his new "stepson," six-year-old Kolya (Andrei Khalimon). A confirmed bachelor, Louka knows next to nothing about taking care of a child, and he discovers that parenthood cramps his style with the ladies. However, Louka and Kolya soon become good friends, and Louka finds his outlook on life beginning to change, just as the "Velvet Revolution" sounds the call of a new era in Czechoslovakia. Kolya won both the Academy Award and the Golden Globe as Best Foreign Language Film of 1997.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/17/2011
UPC: 0031398138686
Original Release: 1996
Source: Miramax Lionsgate
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:45:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Zdenek Sverak Frantisek Louka
Andrei Khalimon Kolya
Libuse Safrankova Klara
Ondrej Vetchý Mr. Broz
Stella Zázvorková Frantisek's Mother
Ladislav Smoljak Houdek
Karel Hermanek Actor
Irina Livanova Nadezhda

Technical Credits
Jan Sverák Director,Producer
Eric Abraham Producer
Alois Fisarek Editor
Ernst Goldschmidt Associate Producer
Katrina Holla Costumes/Costume Designer
Milos Kohout Production Designer
Zbynek Mikulik Sound/Sound Designer
Vladimir Smutny Cinematographer
Ondrej Soukup Score Composer,Songwriter
Zdenek Sverak Screenwriter
Sona Tichackova Casting

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits: A Day at the Office [3:47]
2. A Talented Bachelor [7:44]
3. An Unusual Offer [8:29]
4. For the Wrong Reasons [12:10]
5. A Wrinkle in the Plan [10:20]
6. An Unlikely Pair [9:06]
7. Like Father and Son [1:24]
8. The Interrogation [8:06]
9. Lost [7:18]
10. Koyla Gets Sick [12:11]
11. An Important Decision [10:20]
12. End Credits [11:42]

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Kolya 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful and unforgettable film. The child actor is truly gifted, and his captivating portrayal pulled me right in to his 'film life'. The cinematography is beautiful, and within a few scenes, I had forgotten that I was reading subtitles for the Czech. There was also a little German and Russian in the film, since I speak both of those, I enjoy seeing how they are translated for subtitles.
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