Staff Picks: Movies
Staff-recommended viewing from the KPL catalog.
Czech Out Kolya
Kolya is an affecting, feel-good drama set in pre-Velvet Revolution Prague. The winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 1996, this Czech film introduces us to a talented but emotionally disconnected musician who has no interest in monogamy or family, whose primary vehicle for employment is playing dirges at funerals, and who has a scam-artist friend that suggests that he marry a Soviet woman for money. What our protagonist doesn’t know is that after he becomes involved in the fake marriage scheme is that he will be saddled with the responsibility of raising his Russian wife’s child without her. From committed bachelor to doting “dad”, Kolya is the kind of film that tugs at the heart strings but never crosses over into shameless Hollywood sentimentality.