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The Fool (2014)

Durak (original title)
Dima Nikitin is an ordinary honest plumber who suddenly decides to face the corrupt system of local politics in order to save the lives of 800 inhabitants of an old dormitory, which is about to collapse.

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Yuriy Bykov

Writer:

Yuriy Bykov
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Artyom Bystrov ... Dima Nikitin
Natalya Surkova ... Nina Galaganova, mer
Yuriy Tsurilo ... Bogachyov
Boris Nevzorov ... Fedotov
Kirill Polukhin Kirill Polukhin ... Matyugin
Aleksandr Korshunov Aleksandr Korshunov ... Otets Dimy
Olga Samoshina Olga Samoshina ... Mat Dimy
Darya Moroz ... Zhena Dimy
Sergey Artsibashev ... Tulskiy (as Sergey Artsybashev)
Elena Panova Elena Panova ... Kristina
Dmitriy Kulichkov Dmitriy Kulichkov ... Drunk
Ilya Isaev Ilya Isaev ... Safronov
Maksim Pinsker Maksim Pinsker ... Sayapin
Lyubov Rudenko ... Razumihina
Irina Nizina Irina Nizina ... Chernenko
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Storyline

The Fool is a movie about a simple plumber. An honest man, he is up against an entire system of corrupted bureaucrats. At stake are the lives of 800 inhabitants of an old dorm that is at risk of collapsing within the span of the night. Dima Nikitin is a simple and honest guy, a foreman of a repair team at a provincial housing service. Nothing really makes him stand out among the rest. It's only the unusual combination of honesty and integrity that makes others perceive him as somewhat weird.In the little town there is a notorious dorm, inhabited mainly by drunkards and outcasts. One night the pipes burst at the dorm. After arriving at the scene, Nikitin discovers that things are way more serious - the building will not stand through the night. People need to be evacuated immediately. Fighting the red tape, Nikitin sets off on a night Odyssey around the town authorities. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

16 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Tula, Tula Oblast, Russia

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Co-produced by the Russian Ministry of Culture See more »

Quotes

Fedotov: Let the kid go. He's just a plumber.
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Referenced in Vdud (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Spokoynaya noch
Written by Viktor Tsoy
Performed by Kino
Courtesy of Moroz Records
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chilling and profound
10 June 2018 | by overdarklordSee all my reviews

I am surprised that this movie didn't get more attention. "The fool" is such an interesting and unique movie, set in a poor town in Russia, where corruption is a big issue. This movie focuses a lot on the characters motivations and morals, even though the topic of political corruption is so often made into a "evil big politics vs good poor people" theme, this movie tries to be more grey in its depiction. Instead of just showing you political higher ups that are just assholes for the movies sake, it goes deeper and presents its whole system as flawed and as a result people only caring about themselves. The plot revolves a lot around the question of responsibility and sacrifices. The characters are relatable and the movie can create so much tension, the acting is good overall and in some scenes it really shines. The atmosphere created by its music and camera shots was perfectly fitting to the scene, from long drawn out shots with jarring noises that makes you feel the cold of this Russian winter, to conversations in conference rooms which makes you feel claustrophobic. Overall I would say that this movie is perfectly made, from its very gripping story to its interesting questions about morality.


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