Kolya (1996)

Talk about adorable. Admittedly, it’s done in very paint-by-numbers formula that you have seen dozens of times before, but Kolya has this sincere charm to it and the unique setting  (the advent to the Velvet Revolution) helps to make it distinct from other films sharing the same basic premise.

I recall seeing advertisements for this when I was just a child, which in retrospect must have been due to the film winning the Academy award for best foreign film. I also just realized that Kolya was in fact by the very same father/son team that did the 2007 film Empties, another Czech film that I’ve been wanting see for quite some time. A funny little coincidence.

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