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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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Zhanna
Evgeniy Mironov ...
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Sultan Islamov ...
Ahmed
Stanislav Varkki ...
Ali
Elena Fomina ...
Lucy
Marina Politseymako ...
Vika
Rasmi Dzhabrailov ...
Makhmud
Vladimir Fyodorov ...
Karlusha
Vladas Bagdonas ...
Doctor
Anatoli Adoskin ...
Fucue
Gevorg Ovakimyan ...
Goga (as Georgi Ovakimyan)
Ruslan Naurbiyev ...
Chechen Commander Vakhid
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Lithuanian Sharpshooter
Tigranui Chakryan ...
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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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$7,246 (USA) (25 April 2003)

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$57,722 (USA) (8 August 2003)
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good film
26 June 2004 | by (Mississippi) – See all my reviews

Clearly this film is a different perspective on the damaging effect of war..just from a totally unique point of view. The patients of a psychiatric ward are roaming free in a war raging country around them. They are all held under a sort of captivity by one of the war's opposing sides. The doctor of the ward went to get a bus for the patients, but had no one to look after them. One patient, in particular, is focused on. This is a woman who is in love with Bryan Adams(the singer)and believes they are engaged and fantasizes about him. In the dream world of this woman, all the patients are riding a train with Adams as a special sort of guest riding with them. She soon meets a soldier who is with the little regime that is forting themselves at the mental hospital. The film is about the effects of war on the soldiers. They are mostly scared and worried people. They are confused about the reasoning of war and the lines drawn between both sides. Take a certain meeting two commanders have considering a fallen comrade brought to the one commander forting at the ward. They know each other and if things were different would probably be friends. The one with the body asks for cash to return the fallen comrade, but decides that he will give the body back when he learns that the other commander saved his life once. The film has powerful scenes like one where the soldiers are leaving the "fort" of the hospital. Our Bryan Adams lover wants to be with the soldier. He leaves with his regime and she can't take her eyes away for the pain that she bares. A helicopter crashes behind her..blowing her hat off her head. This scene is even more spellbinding for she never even noticed what happened behind her because she was watching a man she loved leaving. The film has many moments with the characters in the menatl hospital committing the strange acts that unfortunate mental retardents often make. The film doesn't mock them, but makes them a supplemental feature to the war around them. I saw this as a way of saying that these people with mental setbacks may be lucky for not understanding the acts that are taking place. Their lives are effected, but mentally they don't have to deal with the war on a moral standpoint. The soldiers, on the other hand, have the moral and consequencial decisions in their mind every second. ****/*****


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