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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yuliya Vysotskaya ... Zhanna
Evgeniy Mironov ... Officer
Sultan Islamov Sultan Islamov ... Ahmed
Stanislav Varkki Stanislav Varkki ... Ali
Elena Fomina Elena Fomina ... Lucy
Marina Politseymako ... Vika
Rasmi Dzhabrailov ... Makhmud
Vladimir Fyodorov ... Karlusha
Vladas Bagdonas ... Doctor
Anatoli Adoskin ... Fucue
Gevorg Ovakimyan Gevorg Ovakimyan ... Goga (as Georgi Ovakimyan)
Ruslan Naurbiyev Ruslan Naurbiyev ... Chechen Commander Vakhid
Bryan Adams ... Himself
Cecilie Thomsen ... Lithuanian Sharpshooter
Tigranui Chakryan Tigranui Chakryan ... Karapetovna
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violence and nudity | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Russia | France

Language:

Chechen | Russian

Release Date:

6 December 2002 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

House of Fools See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,246, 27 April 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$57,722, 10 August 2003
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Official submission of Russia for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 75th Academy Awards in 2003. See more »

Connections

References King of Hearts (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman
(Bryan Adams) / Robert John Lange / Michael Kamen)
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Put Me On That Train!
16 June 2003 | by CharlesInCalSee all my reviews

What beautiful imagery capturing the essence of a cold dark night where the silence is suddenly broken by a view of a most enigmatic train - like a Christmas tree decked out in its finest. War as seen through the eyes of Janna, a beautiful woman who is madly in love. And we do mean madly! You see, Janna is a Chechen inmate at an isolated psychiatric hospital, where her only peace lies in her accordian and her dreams of being rescued by her imaginary fiance, Canadian superstar Bryan Adams at the controls of that train. What is that train? And who is that man with the apple? Is he God speaking to mankind? Is that train the Train of Redemption taking every child, man, and woman who has suffered and leaving behind others in a world full of all the things we detest?


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