House of Fools Reviews
Veteran Andrei Konchalovsky's film depicts a very dated view of mental illness.
This film is very taxing to watch and even though there are a few glimpses of emotion found within the mess they barely ripple the emotional surface.
Bryan Adams deity like character seemed to be included to irritate the audience.
How this film was produced, let alone won the Grand Special Jury Prize at Cannes is anyones guess.
Beautifully shot movie following the gang of lovable crazies bickering and bumbling in a VERY casual depiction of their world inside the asylum. When war rages past and soldiers take cover inside, the obvious contrasts begin, but with a more human side to the soldiers than any flat war movie I've seen in ages.
The pretty young blond Janna lives in her naively beautiful world where everyone has love and life, and whenever it isn't going well she whips out her accordion and light shines and everyone smiles and dances. She dreams of her love, Canadian star Bryan Adams, and is waiting for his advent. She soon gets swept up by a dimwitted and jesting soldier who proposed to her as a joke. There is a harshly awkward dinner scene where the two worlds are brought together, but then separated as the soldiers move on. Janna seems to lose herself after this and falls into a heavy woe as around her helicopters explode, lives are mysteriously taken, and old men compare apples and earth to explain their anorexia.
While based on a true situation, this movie is a complete fantasy. It can't be taken that seriously; the beginning dream of Bryan Adams should be warning enough. It's a movie you should take at face value and enjoy the sensation afterward, not break it apart.