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Format: DVD
Sku: 221200066
UPC: 031398138686
UPC 14: 00031398138686
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Editor's Note
When a financially strapped former symphony cellist, now making a meager living by playing at funerals, gets pressured into a paper marriage with a friend's single-mother niece, his roving-eye bachelor life is turned upside-down. The beautiful young woman immediately abandons her new husband and her five-year-old son, and the unlikely duo struggles to adjust to their new lives in Prague on the eve of 1989's Velvet Revolution. Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. Academy Award: Best Foreign Language Film.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, English, Subtitled, French, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), Digital Audio

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Lions Gate
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/9/2014
Video Play Time Running Time: 105 minutes
Video UPC UPC: 00031398138686
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Stella Zazvorkova
Video Cast Info Miroslav Taborsky
Video Cast Info Libuse Safrankova
Video Cast Info Petra Spalova
Video Cast Info Ladislav Smoljak
Video Cast Info Zdenek Sverak
Video Cast Info Slavka Budinova
Video Cast Info Irena Livanova
Video Cast Info Eric Abraham
Video Cast Info Karel Hermanek
Video Cast Info Rene Pribyl
Video Cast Info Andrej Chalimon
Video Cast Info Jiri Sovak
Video Cast Info Lilian Mankina
Video Cast Info Nella Boudova
Video Cast Info Ondrez Vetchy
Video Cast Info Katerina Holla - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Jan Sverak - Producer
Video Cast Info Alois Fisarek - Editor
Video Cast Info Vladimir Smutny - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Pavel Taussig - Story
Video Cast Info Zdenek Sverak - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Ondrej Soukup - Composer
Video Cast Info Milos Kohout - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Jan Sverak - Director
Plot Summary
Set in Czechoslovakia shortly before the 1989 Velvet Revolution, "Kolya" is the story of an aging cynic named Frantisek, a Czech who weds a Russian woman for her money. Suddenly, the woman flees to West Germany, leaving behind her young son Kolya. The crotchety Frantisek wants nothing to do with the child -- they don't even speak the same language. But as the old man tries to dump Kolya on someone else, the pair slowly develop a lasting, poignant relationship, that enriches both of their lives.

Professional Reviews

USA Today
"...A feel-good movie dealing in part with Soviet bloc bureaucracies in 1988..." -- 3 out of 4 stars 02/13/1997 p.4D

"...[Kolya] balances heartwarming sentiment with gentle humor and observations that strike universal chords..." 09/09/1996

New York Times
"...A gem of a Czech film....Wise and worldly..." 01/24/1997 p.C3

Entertainment Weekly
"...Lovely....It's a heart melter....Chalimon is a gem..." -- Rating: A- 03/07/1997 p.50

Los Angeles Times
"...KOLYA is a crowd-pleaser....Chalimon is irresistible....With the further pluses of luminous cinematography and a soaring, emotional score, KOLYA can't miss..." 01/24/1997 p.F1

Chicago Sun-Times
"...There are some lovely, affecting and warmly amusing moments here..." 01/31/1997 p.37

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