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House of Fools (2002)

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Original title: Dom durakov

Release Date
• USA: Apr 25, 2003
DVD Release Date
• R1: Oct 28, 2003

Budget $2,500,000

Official Website:
House of Fools Website

MPAA Rating
Rated R for language, some violence and nudity.

Running Time
1 hour, 44 minutes

Country Russia, France

Studio Bac Films, Hachette Premiere et Cie, Persona

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• Dom durakov
• House of Fools

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Genre: Drama, Black Comedy, Satire, Love, Experimental, Military, Mental Illness

Plot: In House Of Fools, a beautiful young Chechen woman, Janna (Julia Vysotsky) is one of several inmates living in a psychiatric hospital. Insulated from the world, the inmates are oblivious to the war that rages around them.

Janna spends her time playing her accordion. Her playing soothes the mischievous, and sometimes violent, behavior of her fellow patients. In her private dream world, Janna finds comfort and safety when "fiancé" Bryan Adams sings her love songs.

One evening, the train that had nightly delighted the inmates, does not pass. In the morning, when the patients awaken to discover that the medical staff has vanished, the problems of the outside world begin to invade their refuge.

As Russian troops near, the patients must fend for themselves. The insane, the fragile and the handicapped must now organize themselves as best they can. As some begin to think of leaving, the sound of nearby bombing sends them running back for cover.

A group of Chechen soldiers invade the hospital and settle in with the patients. Janna becomes attracted to a soldier and plans to leave with him. But she is left behind when the Chechens leave. Disappointed and saddened, all she can do is play her accordion and revel in the love of her "fiancé," Bryan.

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Interview: “A film about love” (Julia Vysotsky)

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Interview: “Little habits” (Julia Vysotsky)

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Interview: “More rational and more human” (Andréi Konchalovsky)

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Interview: “You have to be insane to tell the truth” (Andréi Konchalovsky)

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 Directed by
Andrei Konchalovsky
Tango & Cash, Runaway Train, The Odyssey
 Written by
Andrei Konchalovsky
Andrei Rublyov, Katok i skripka, Moscow Chill
Cecilie Thomsen
Tomorrow Never Dies, Der er en yndig mand
Yuliya Vysotskaya
Max, The Lion in Winter
Yevgeni Mironov
Burnt by the Sun, Okhota na piranyu, Pobeg
 Music By
Eduard Artemyev
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