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Ward No. 6 (2009)

Palata N°6 (original title)
Simultaneously nihilistic and heartening, Ward No. 6 is based on a story by Chekov, in which a psychiatric doctor becomes a patient in his own asylum. Updated to contemporary Russia, the ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vladimir Ilin ...
Aleksey Vertkov ...
Aleksandr Pankratov-Chyornyy ...
Evgeniy Stychkin ...
Viktor Solovyov ...
Old chief physician
Albina Evtushevskaya ...
Anna Sinyakina ...
(as A.Sinyakina)
Alina Olshanskaya ...
(as A.Olshanskaya)
Stanislov Eventov ...
(as S.Eventov)
Dmitriy Gusev ...
(as D.Gusev)
Oleg Shapko ...
(as O.Shapko)
Ye. Golyandin
Yu. Soroka
S. Semenkova


Simultaneously nihilistic and heartening, Ward No. 6 is based on a story by Chekov, in which a psychiatric doctor becomes a patient in his own asylum. Updated to contemporary Russia, the film is a cocktail of anxieties and riddles, showcasing how easy it is to become what we fear most. Written by Pusan International Film Festival

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27 November 2009 (USA)  »

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Many scenes, if not most of them, were shot in Mental Health Nursing Home No. 3 of Dmitrov District of Moscow Oblast, located in a former monastery. The story of the nursing home is briefly told in the film, its administration are thanked in the credits and most supporting characters are or were real patients of the nursing home, including those interviewed at the beginning of the film and appearing in some scenes afterwards. The roles that have the characters' names appended to them in the credits, plus some others, were played by professional actors while all the patients who appeared in the film are listed as extras although the interviewees had more on-screen time than Albina Evtushevskaya, Darya, or Aleksey Zharkov, the Old Chief Physician. The interviewer who never appears on screen is also listed as an extra. See more »


[first lines]
Vladimir Kozlov: Vladimir Vladimirovich Kozlov, born in 1979, on August 15.
Interviewer: For how many years have you lived here?
Vladimir Kozlov: This is... the fifth year.
Interviewer: Where did you live before you came to this nursing home?
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Performed by Laima Vaikule
Music by Igor Krutoy (as I. Krutoy)
Lyrics by Viktor Pelenyagre (as V. Pelenyagre)
Played at the New Year party
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sad mostly degradation of mental patients
19 March 2013 | by (Peru) – See all my reviews

This movie was awful. I worked for years as a psychiatrist at a state mental hospital and could instantly identify the real patients---to me portraying them in this run down hospital stuffed full of drugs was depressing. I particularly disliked the full of him self new Doctor who had a fast pat answer for all of them and their conditions.

There was nothing intellectually or artistically stimulating about watching these poor people... and there was nothing intelligent about the story superimposed on them at least in the confusing way this film portrays it.

Apparently in the original short story (By Chekhov) a Doctor finds the most interesting person in the backwater where the psychiatric instution is located is one of the paranoid schizophrenics. That is believable. In the original story this Doctor is tricked into being admitted into the hospital...also believable but none of this comes out in this movie! In the movie this Doctors best friend runs a store or so it seems. And then this Doctor is admitted and has a stroke. None of it is explained...

I also felt sorry for the patients being filmed. The ending with kids laughing was supposed to be deep in some way and like the rest of this movie is nothing more than meaningless garbage thinking it is deep or artful.

Also cheaply filmed and very erratic camera work.


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