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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sultan Islamov ...
Stanislav Varkki ...
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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Russians still can do it!
21 July 2007 | by (Serbia and Montenegro) – See all my reviews

Elementary basics in film art school - old Russian movies. Maybe not something for ordinary man, but this is the picture on both sides. It's amazing how amongst everyday blockbuster clones this brilliant piece slipped in. Get everybody's attention and make them watch it.

The only thing I want to concentrate here is the difference between American and Russian mind. U.S. had lost the war in 'Nam but there are billion movies about successes and victories; today after the 9/11 patriotic element is in every, but every movie, whether it is political or not, and on the other side you have guys like Clooney who create opposite thing like in Syriana. They call it 'the truth' but many claim he is traitor. But this is not a political disscusion. The thing I want to point out is that Konchalovsky stays in the middle. Checheny is big thing for Russia, but he is political in a way it becomes apolitical movie, because common man is after all apolitical - too small to apprehend borders, power, money and war! Bravo!

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