Kolya (1996)

KOLYA is one of the richest films I've seen in some time.  Zdenek 
Sverak plays a confirmed old bachelor (who's likely to remain so), 
who finds his life as a Czech cellist increasingly impacted by the 
five-year old boy that he's taking care of.  Though it ends rather 
abruptly-- and I'm whining, 'cause I wanted to spend more time with 
these characters-- the acting, writing, and production values are 
as high as, if not higher than, comparable American dramas.  This 
father-and-son delight-- Sverak also wrote the script, while his 
son, Jan, directed-- won a Golden Globe for best Foreign Language 
film and it just might walk away with an Oscar, too.  In Czech and 
Russian, with English subtitles.  (Rated "PG-13"/112 min.)

Grade: A-


KOYLA was screened at the Colony Theatre, in Raleigh on  3/22.  
Lobby music by Elliot Goldenthal, from his BATMAN FOREVER score.  

Copyright 1997 by Michael J. Legeros

Originally posted to triangle.movies in March 23, 1997

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