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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

Dima Nikitin: We live like animals and die like animals because we are nobodies to each other.
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Connections

Referenced in Vdud (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Spokoynaya noch
Written by Viktor Tsoy
Performed by Kino
Courtesy of Moroz Records
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Very honest depiction of Russian realities.
3 January 2015 | by marine-coreSee all my reviews

This movie could be a documentary on Russian society, it's hopes and fears, it's ideology, the eternal conflict between people and government officials, the dark and hopeless landscape of human minds where one can still choose to be human.

As a Russian myself, having lived in my homeland for 34 years already, I can say that there's nothing that will tell you more about Russians than this movie. It is not a heroic WW2 nonsense, not a dumb czar era pictures, but modern life as it is. The things you will see in the film are definitely depressing and hopeless, showing the state of decay in society «God created this kind of life and he made us live it.».


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