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House of Fools Reviews

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½ April 11, 2014
Surrealism in the face of horror. Shades of Catch-22.
December 16, 2013
How good is the scene where Vysotsky plays her accordion unperturbed, while an entire battleship helicopter crashes behind her in the yard of the asylum? I do like the entire concept and set-up of the movie and some of the more absurd set pieces.
Jason Derfuss
Super Reviewer
March 23, 2013
Tears down convention while simultaneously indulging clichés and ultimately pushing the line so far as to blur it completely.
November 21, 2012
Good film. Yes, probably, the world at times is more mad than the mad house... but having said that, I have never found the mad house a mad place... that's just me perhaps...
½ November 28, 2011
The first 3/4 of the movie is great. The performances are stellar and the story is engaging, it's funny and tragic at the same time. Unfortunately, towards the end the movie feels rushed and heavy handed.
½ March 3, 2011
Kinda true, in a fictional narrative sense. A woman's obsession with Bryan Adams while maintaining enough intellect to run the asylum without official leaders being assistance for the patients. It's a film that is enjoyable and very quirky. It is overall decent.
½ February 20, 2011
A rather peculiar and difficult movie, esp. the fact of Bryan Adam's starring it.
January 22, 2011
Was on duty when this was on so spent the first 30 minutes dealing with latecomers and then missed the ending due to a shift change. I found it difficult to connect with this film.
½ October 20, 2010
House Of Fools lacks any kind of connection towards the characters and the story is as blurred as many of the handheld camera shots.
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.
½ October 2, 2010
The film is pretty clear about its message that wars and the people who fight them can seem just as crazy as the mentally ill. Using that much Bryan Adams in a film is also pretty wacky, incidentally. The motif is largely conveyed through parallelism in the characters, particularly when it comes down to the details of the acting. The cinematography mostly serves to complement this approach and does its part. The most striking aspect of it was the occasional sudden changes to a hand-held "documentary-like' camera, which seemed to signify moments that became "too real" even for our ill protagonist.
September 5, 2010
o kadar guzel ilerliyorduki az daha 5 yildiz verecektim...ama sonunda sacmaladi bi an...
½ August 27, 2010
Thought this movie was sad, but cute too. It was okay, I didn't expect this movie to be like a really good movie but the directing and casting was good enough! Interesting story I guess. There's Janna and Eli?? Forgot his name but they both are at least smarter than the other patients, while the doctor and the nurses escaped, they were being the responsible by taking care of them. Just showing this movie what they went through and how they survived.
August 23, 2010
I watched it 2 years ago. I think this is magic
½ July 21, 2010
Some interesting moments and performances, but too much Bryan Adams and "madness of war", not enough helicopters falling out of the sky.
April 11, 2010
The beginning was so weird and creepy in some points, but after the first 20 minutes it starts to become so much more interesting. Yuliya Vysotskaya's character was the key for such an interesting story. This cute patient in the mental clinic prefers to live her fantasies about Bryan Adams than face the reality of war and the people close to her be dying.
Super Reviewer
½ March 13, 2010
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!).
Super Reviewer
January 26, 2010
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?
January 9, 2010
Despite the subject matter (civil war & life in a psychiatric hospital), this movie has its funny moments.
½ September 4, 2009
Contrasting the sane/insane to raise the question of who really is "sane"? Luckily this movie doesn't finish on either note but keeps it's distance from any conclusion therein.
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.
½ August 3, 2009
Chechnya exploitation. As usual with Konchalovsky, a strong statement without much analysis and poorly played out.
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