Kolya is a Czech drama released in 1996 that follows the story of Louka, (portrayed by famous Czech actor Zdenek Sverák) a former concert cellist at the Prague Philharmonic who now works playing among others at funerals where he barely makes ends meet.
He agrees to marry a Russian woman who needs citizen papers in exchange for a fee. Upon their marriage, she emigrates to Germany, leaving Louka to take care of her sweet 5 year old, Kolya (Andrej Chalimon). In the beginning, Louka finds himself struggling to communicate with russian speaking Kolya.
He seems a cynic bachelor who is used to his life of seducing women, and only taking care of himself, but throughout the film their bond grows stronger and all is tested when child services threatens to take Kolya away. This movie is both comedic as well as sad, its characters are lovable, and the story is simply beautiful.
Also, on an interesting note, the film was directed by Jan Svěrák, Zdeneks son. The endearing family feeling of the movie is definitely visible when watching.
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