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Title:
Dom durakov House of fools
Author:
Kleiman, Felix.
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
[Hollywood, Calif.] : Paramount Classics, [2003]

©2002
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (108 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Psychiatric patients become entrenched in the Chechen War after the staff split to find them a safer hospital. Soldiers take over the asylum, and then, a young female patient falls in love with soldier, which leaves her boyfriend in a lurch.
General Note:
Originally released as a motion picture in 2002.

Based on a true story.

Special features: Mon Paradis-Der Winterpalast documentary; interviews; commentary with producer Jens Meurer; Web links.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Language:
Russian

English

French
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: R, for language, some violence and nudity.
ISBN:
9780792192923
UPC:
097363423348
Format :
DVD

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War brings together a disillusioned soldier and a sweet but delusional woman in this romantic comedy-drama from director Andrei Konchalovsky. A small Russian mental hospital near the border of Chechnya is home to a group of eccentric but harmless patients, among them Janna (Julia Vysotsky), a cheerful woman who likes to play accordion and is convinced pop singer Bryan Adams is her fiancé; over-excitable Vika (Marina Politseymako); and highly prolific would-be poet Ali (Stanislav Varkki). When fighting between Russians and Chechens flares up and bombing threatens the hospital, the doctor in charge (Vladas Bagdonas) goes out to find vehicles to evacuate his patients, briefly leaving them to their own devices. While the doctor is away, a group of Chechen soldiers happen upon the hospital, but they seemingly mean no harm to the patients, and one of them, Ahmed (Sultan Islamov), starts flirting with Janna. Janna quickly falls head over heels for Ahmed, and leaves behind her treasured Bryan Adams poster to be with him...though in her mind, Adams isn't about to give up her affections without a fight. As love grows between them, Ahmed finds himself wondering just who is supposed to be sane -- the lunatics at the hospital, or the soldiers fighting a pointless war. Bryan Adams appears as himself in Dom Durakov, and sings several songs, including his international hit "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman." ~ Mark Deming, Rovi