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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Zhanna
Evgeniy Mironov ...
Officer
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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Himself
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Lithuanian Sharpshooter
Tigranui Chakryan ...
Karapetovna
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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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Rated R for language, some violence and nudity | See all certifications »
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6 December 2002 (Russia)  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$57,722 (USA) (8 August 2003)
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Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman
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It's like a poem
26 November 2004 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

I love this movie. The third time I watched it, it made me laugh and it made me cry. I know that a lot of people are not going to like this movie. It's like a poem.... you get it or you don't. People complain about the Bryan Adams segments. I thought they were too few and not long enough. They were Zhanna's dreams.... her escape. And after you feel Janna's frustration, unhappiness, and pain you welcome the relief and warm colors of the Bryan Adams escape from reality. The movie has some very surreal scenes. One of them is the scene where Zhanna is looking at her wedding pictures in her room while the Chechen sniper is shooting out her window. Yuliya Vysotskaya is wonderful as Zhanna. Her face is so child-like and expressive. She doesn't even need to speak; I can read her mind in her face. She's a really great actor. I love the scene where she discovers Ahmed in front of her in the lunch line. She says nothing, but her face changes several times, showing some strong emotions that you cannot understand unless you've seen the entire movie up to that point. Zhanna has some funny little quirks, like the way she steps over every doorway threshold. But I thought it odd that I didn't laugh or cry until the third viewing. The first time, I was just in awe. I was just wide eyed with amazement.

But by the third time I loved and understood the characters, especially Zhanna, and so I could feel the movie.


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