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House of Fools


aka: Dom Durakov
Russian Federation 2002, 106 minutes
Dir. Andrei Konchalovsky
In Russian with English subtitles
Rating: [M]
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Drama / War

Topics: Mental Health.


Aroview: Based around the true story of a Chechen mental hospital which was abandoned by staff during the recent civil war, with patients left to fend for themselves.

As chaos develops, this becomes centred on the world of a young woman who fantasises about the Canadian pop-singer Bryan Adams (making several appearances), and draws other, more deluded patients under her wing. Thematically, this seeks to make the asylum an allegory for the wider world, and despite flashes of inspired dreaminess and lunacy, risks much in its depiction of the mentally ill as saintly and goofily endearing.

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DVD Features

  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • aspect ratio: 1.85:1

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