House of Fools
House of Fools (2003)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: April 25, 2003
DVD Release Date: October 28, 2003
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Vysotsky projects an essential sunniness that helps keep the film from turning maudlin.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

There's not much to Konchalovsky's tale ... but it's often beautifully told; a gentle fantasy of a harsh time.

Dennis Schwartz
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald

It may be based on a true story, but another filmmaker told it before -- and better.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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.

Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly

It's hard to dislike a movie that identifies Russian mental patients as Bryan Adams' core audience.

Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

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.

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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle

Ruined from the start by its insulting depiction of mental illness.

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Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Janna, played with endearing toughness by Julia Vysotsky, is the heart of this film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
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… More
Sunil Jawahir
Ross Collins
A very cliched view of a mental hospital that happens to get caught up in the Russian-Chechen war. Occasionally amusing war humour and an impressive helicopter… More
John Ballantine
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… More