Ward No. 6

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Directors Karen Shakhnazarov and Alexander Gornovsky team to adapt legendary author Anton Chekhov's haunting short story detailing a respected doctor's slow descent into madness. Far on the outskirts of Moscow, Dr. Ragin presides over a mental hospital where thoughtful discussion is in very short supply. His only intellectual stimulation comes from his rich philosophical debates with Gromov, a highly intelligent yet deeply disturbed patient at the asylum. In time, however, Gromov's madness begins to rub off on Dr. Ragin. A bold new take on a literary classic, Ward No. 6 updates the story's original 19th Century setting to present day, and intercuts conversations with actual Moscow mental patients with Chekhov's story to striking effect.


Critic Reviews for Ward No. 6

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

  • Often unreadable subtitles cannot dim the brilliance of Karen Shakhnazarov's "Ward. No. 6," an inspired reworking of Anton Chekhov short story.

    Dec 16, 2010 | Rating: 4/5
  • Like the best adaptations, even its inventions are good.

    Dec 16, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Much more complex than it first appears and fully deserving of its selection as Russia's foreign language Oscar nominee this year, Ward No 6 persuasively prods at our preconceptions of 'madness'.

    Apr 18, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The movie's profundity shines through because it gestures at something that might counter its aura of futility and despair.

    Dec 22, 2010 | Rating: 3/5
  • Better in concept than execution, Ward No. 6 is a disappointing modern-day adaptation of a short story by Anton Chekhov.

    Dec 17, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ward No. 6

  • Aug 21, 2014
    This rating is a bit of a shame since I was really enjoying this movie at first, but the Chekhov adaption loses me right past the middle. The acting is great, realism at its finest. Felt like a documentary before the fantasy elements were thrown in. I found the doctor pretty funny, and some of the conversations thought provoking. there's a lot good and it's worth a try, maybe others will get more from the later pieces.
    Daniel D Super Reviewer

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