House of Fools
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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 fighting between Russians and Chechens flares up and bombing threatens the hospital, the doctor in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Vysotsky projects an essential sunniness that helps keep the film from turning maudlin."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"There's not much to Konchalovsky's tale ... but it's often beautifully told; a gentle fantasy of a harsh time."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Unbelievably insensitive in its depiction of the mentally ill."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Sub-Fellini nonsense."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"It may be based on a true story, but another filmmaker told it before -- and better."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"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."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"It's hard to dislike a movie that identifies Russian mental patients as Bryan Adams' core audience."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"It's an odd mix to combine the harsh reality of war with the surreal world of mental patients. This makes for a bizarre movie, but it has some really tender moments."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"The use of Bryan Adams as the madwoman's imagined paramour is indicative of just how mediocre this movie is."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"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."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"Ruined from the start by its insulting depiction of mental illness."
‑ Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle
"Janna, played with endearing toughness by Julia Vysotsky, is the heart of this film."
‑ Laura Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"War is insane. Insane people are cute. Bryan Adams is God. There, now that you've got these three principles down, you don't need to see House of Fools."
‑ Kim Linekin, eye WEEKLY
"Too disjointed, derivative and stylistically clumsy to be much more than an irritant."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
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