House of Fools (2003)

House of Fools



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Movie Info

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 fiancÚ; over-excitable Vika (Marina Politseymako); and highly prolific would-be poet Ali (Stanislav Varkki). When … More

Rating: R (for language, some violence and nudity)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Andrey Konchalovskiy
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 28, 2003
Paramount Classics - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for House of Fools

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (23)

Vysotsky projects an essential sunniness that helps keep the film from turning maudlin.

August 29, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

It may be based on a true story, but another filmmaker told it before -- and better.

Full Review… | August 22, 2003
Miami Herald
Top Critic

It ultimately feels like a folly that sounded great in the filmmaker's head, so great that he had to be put on screen, where it flounders around with no small degree of embarrassment.

Full Review… | July 11, 2003
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

There's not much to Konchalovsky's tale ... but it's often beautifully told; a gentle fantasy of a harsh time.

June 13, 2003
Seattle Times
Top Critic

With its cast of nauseatingly lovable lunatics, House of Fools may make you feel like you've been tricked into suffering through the Kevin Spacey flick K-Pax with subtitles.

Full Review… | May 22, 2003
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Ruined from the start by its insulting depiction of mental illness.

Full Review… | May 16, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for House of Fools


A Russian docu-drama that's intriguing for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the BEAUTIFUL and talented Yuliya Vysotskaya. Plus, it's a true story. And it's got Bryan Adams (yes, THAT Bryan Adams!).

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

A very cliched view of a mental hospital that happens to get caught up in the Russian-Chechen war. Occasionally amusing war humour and an impressive helicopter crash is all this movie has to offer.

Ross Collins

Super Reviewer

I don't understand the naysayers reviewing this film. It is quite the interesting slice of life and who would expect...Bryan Adams playing a cameo in a Russian film?

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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