House of Fools (2002)
"Dom durakov" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Music, Romance  |  6 December 2002 (Russia)
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In the midst of the Chechen War, a remote psychiatric institution is left without staff leaving the patients to fend for themselves. Based on a true story.

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Elena Fomina ...
Marina Politseymako ...
Rasmi Dzhabrailov ...
Vladimir Fyodorov ...
Vladas Bagdonas ...
Anatoli Adoskin ...
Gevorg Ovakimyan ...
Goga (as Georgi Ovakimyan)
Ruslan Naurbiyev ...
Chechen Commander Vakhid
Lithuanian Sharpshooter
Tigranui Chakryan ...


The war film that's not a war film. A film about the mental institution which backdrop is the Chechen war. A story about the patients living in an institution during the war on the border of Chechnia and Russia during the war. The patients have to continue living their day to day life after being invaded twice over, and they have to deal with their sicknesses. Written by Roza Thompson

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Drama | Music | Romance | War

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Rated R for language, some violence and nudity | See all certifications »






Release Date:

6 December 2002 (Russia)  »

Also Known As:

Casa de Loucos  »

Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,246 (USA) (25 April 2003)


$57,722 (USA) (8 August 2003)

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thought provoking and overlooked
24 May 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For some I can't stop thinking about this little gem of a movie, it has more heart and soul than most of an entire decade of mainstream films combined. Konchalovsky is an interesting director, certainly when you think at the wide range of his work (Runaway Train, Shy People). I was somewhat fascinated and semi-perplexed when I first saw this, but the more I tried to peg it down ("ok this is the Russian Cookoo's Nest--with some 'I Never Promised you a Rose Garden' mixed in") the less it became so. This is an original one of a kind film, highly underrated, highly overlooked, especially in this country. Which is too bad, the rest of the sleepwalking brainwashed masses can flock to see their "Bruce Almighty's or Matrix Reloaded's every week, I'm glad I'm aware of films like this.

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