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

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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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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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6 December 2002 (Russia)  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$57,722 (USA) (8 August 2003)
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Would you believe that I see a connection to a Porky Pig cartoon?
20 November 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Set in a mental institution near Chechnya, Andrei Konchalovsky's "Dom durakov" - "House of Fools" in English - indirectly poses the question of whether the real insanity lies inside or outside the mental institution. It does have a plot fairly similar to "King of Hearts" (the staff flees and leaves the patients, who then have to deal with the surrounding war). By the time that this came out, I don't know how long it had been since Konchalovsky had directed a movie in his native Russia - in the United States, he had directed "Runaway Train" and "Shy People" - but this was an OK return for him (though far from the best Russian movie that I've ever seen).

And the Porky Pig cartoon? It was 1947's "Little Orphan Airedale", the first appearance of Charlie Dog (the pushy canine who always tries to get Porky to adopt him as a pet). At the end of the cartoon, Charlie's other friend decides that life is screwy on the outside, and so the final scene shows him trying to get back into the dog pound! Maybe that's a little more like "King of Hearts", but they all question where the real insanity lies (I guess that "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest" also does).

Does anybody know whether or not Yulia Vysotskaya is related to Vladimir Vysotsky?


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