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25. Apr 2002 at 17:13
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Kolya (1996)
Directed by Jan Sverak (Czech)
Boy actor : Andrei Chalimon

This Oscar-winning Czeck film explores the relationship between an older man and a five-year-old boy he unexpectedly has to care for after his mother abandons him. The two speak different languages, which makes communication difficult. But, reluctant at first, the man - who is described as « the perfect grouch » - eventually comes to love the boy.

It's been a while since I've seen this one, so the details of the plot are a bit hazy. I do remember that it was quite a beautiful film, though, and the very young boy's performance is impressive. He is also very cute!

Director Jan Sverak has also made a film called « The elementary School », which I haven’t been able to find at local video stores. From what little I know about it, it sounds like a lovely film as well, so I will probably end up ordering it if I don’t find a copy of it soon.

(Star Galaxy also has lots of pics from Kolya.)
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Reply #1 - 29. Apr 2002 at 22:25
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This is one of my favorites too, josephk!  I loved this little boy, and wanted him to stay with his new-found friend.  His mother was an idiot to ever let herself be separated from him, even for a short while! I do understand how that happened within the storyline, but I still think women who leave their kids behind for any reason should just give them up. There's a lot of good men out there who'd be glad to devote themselves to raising a boy like this. Smiley

I dreamed of adopting a boy just like Andrei Chalimon for days after seeing this film.  He's really a cutie! Smiley

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Reply #2 - 07. May 2002 at 02:16
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My apologies to other UK viewers for not saying so before, but Kolya was on BBC4 last night.
It is indeed a fantastic film. The director seems to be very keen on profile shots of Andrei, with the sunlight picking out his little button nose Smiley

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