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Ward No. 6 (2009)

Palata N°6 (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 27 November 2009 (USA)
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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Aleksandr Borodyanskiy (screenplay), Anton Chekhov (short story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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

Certificate:

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Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

27 November 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ward No. 6 See more »

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Mosfilm See more »
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Like the interviewed patients of the nursing home, Anna Sinyakina appears at the beginning and at the end of the film. First she plays a nun who walks by the swamp, and then she is the girl who dances with Ragin at the New Year party. See more »

Quotes

[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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Version of Teletale: Ward Number Six (1963) See more »

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AKAPULKO
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 peru1-595-630106See 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.

DO NOT RECOMMEND


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