A Czech concert cellist, having lost his place in the state orchestra,
must make ends meet by playing at funerals and painting tombstones. He
agrees to a scheme for making money by marrying a Russian woman so that
she can get Czech papers. She soon emigrates to Germany, leaving her
five-year-old Kolja with his reluctant stepfather.
The film received an Oscar nomination for best foreign language film.
Rated PG-13 for some sensuality.
Post-film discussion led by Steve Baluch.
About the director.
of Czech film history during and after communism.
on the film.