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Ward No. 6 (2010)




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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.

December 16, 2010
Los Angeles Times
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Like the best adaptations, even its inventions are good.

Full Review… | December 16, 2010
L.A. Weekly
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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'.

Full Review… | April 18, 2012
Eye for Film

The movie's profundity shines through because it gestures at something that might counter its aura of futility and despair.

December 22, 2010
Boxoffice Magazine

Better in concept than execution, Ward No. 6 is a disappointing modern-day adaptation of a short story by Anton Chekhov.

Full Review… | December 17, 2010
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Ward No. 6

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 Dolgin
Daniel Dolgin

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