Kolya (1996)

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By Scott Goldfine

Jan Sverak directs his father (Zdenek Sverak) as a veteran bachelor and cello player whose life is turned upside-down after he reluctantly agrees to a bogus marriage in this Czech import. After his young Russian bride takes off, the cellist gets stuck with her little boy (Kolya).

Amid Prague’s 1989 anti-Russian revolution, Kolya and his keeper bond. This is a funny, rich and endearing work. Rated PG-13.

GRADE: A

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