Kolya (Kolja)

BBBB (out of 5) Touching drama from the Czech republic about a gruff cellist (Zdenek Sverak, director Jan Sverak’s father and the film’s writer) who willingly marries a Russian bride to help her out legally, and ends up getting stuck with her little boy after she runs away. Now this hard-bitten old man, who can…

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The Elementary School (Obecna Skola)

BBBBB (out of 5) Jan Sverak’s best film is this delightful memoir of growing up in World War II Czechoslovakia. A little boy lives in his small village with his electrical engineer father and housewife mother, getting into all sorts of trouble at school with his other equally feisty classmates. When their teacher is replaced…

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