House of Fools

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Released 2002

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Director:
Andrei Konchalovsky
Released:
2002
Rating:
R
Written and directed by Andrey Konchalovskiy, House of Fools is a 2002 Russian film starring Yuliya Vystotskaya, Sultan Islamov, and Bryan Adams. Based on a true story, this romantic comedy focuses on a psychiatric hospital on the border of Chechnya. The residents of this particular hospital, while mentally unstable, are harmless. Janna (Vysotsky) is convinced that pop singer Bryan Adams is her boyfriend, Vika (Marina Politseymako) is an easily excitable young woman, and Ali (Stanislav Varkki) is a prolific poet. When tensions rise between Russia and Chechnya, the hospital's doctor leaves his patience for a moment in hopes of finding a way of evacuating his patients. During the doctor's absence, Chechan soldiers come to the hospital and one of them, Ahmed (Islamov), begins to flirt with Janna. Janna then tries to leave her relationship with Bryan, but he fights back. As Ahmed's falls for Janna, he questions where the insanity truly is: with the patients of the hospital, or with soldiers fighting a useless war.moreless

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  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    A superbly shot film of emotional extravagance, sentimentality and even humor, House of Fools is a film that is ultimately quite moving but which probably could only have been pull...

  • 60

    Variety Deborah Young

    Has the comically grotesque appeal of a Fellini film and could reach out to auds in specialized release. It lacks the originality and invention to go much beyond that.

  • 30

    The New York Times Dave Kehr

    Only adds to the sense that Mr. Konchalovsky has lost his artistic moorings. He has certainly lost his common sense.

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    Comedy, Drama

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    Love & Romance, Foreign Language