Kolya (In Czech and Russian)
Starring: Zdenek Sverák,
Andrei Chalimon, etc.
Director: Jan Sverák
Rated: PG 13
Year of Release: (1996)
Video Release Date: July 2, 2002
Making the best of “bad” circumstances,
confirmed bachelor musician Kolya finds he is suddenly left
in charge of a five-year-old boy, Louka, when his Soviet mother
abandons him to join her boyfriend. His initial eagerness
for the boy to be shipped off to a state-sponsored foster
family slowly changes during the months he is forced into
the role of care-giver. Despite that fact that Louka speaks
only Russian and Kolya speaks little, by the time the boy’s
mother returns to reclaim him, the two have grown to love
one another. But their sadness at having to separate is offset
by the fact that Kolya has learned he is still capable of
feeling real love.
Watch how the Louka’s and Kolya’s
hearts grow together over time, even though they do not understand
each other’s native language.
- Do you believe that your relationship(s)
will never change for the better?
- Did some of your relationships undergo changes over long
periods of time?
- Were changes in the relationship between Louka and Kolya
similar or different from the changes in yours?
- Are you willing to tolerate the different kinds of emotions
that often change relationships?
- Do you sense what could help you to move toward forgiveness
if your friend or partner made a mistake?
- Have you experienced getting emotionally closer to somebody,
child or adult, when you got to know him or her as shown in
Kolya? You may have even first rejected this person. Keep
an open mind for this to happen again in other relationships.