House of Fools (2003)

House of Fools
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating R
Runtime 1hr 44mins.
Genres Drama, Romantic Comedy, Foreign
Keywords N/A
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Andrei Konchalovsky Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Felix Kleiman Producer n/a 3 3000002
Sergei Kozlov Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Olga Grinshpun Editor n/a 172 7000001
Vladimir Orel Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Edward Artemiev Music n/a 120781 8000001
Andrei Konchalovsky Producer n/a 3 3000001
Andrei Konchalovsky Director n/a 2 2000001
Bryan Adams Actor Himself 1 1000003
Sultan Islamov Actor Ahmed 1 1000002
Stanislav Varkki Actor Ali 1 1000004
Vladas Bagdonas Actor Doctor 1 1000005
Yevgeny Mironov Actor Soldier 1 1000007
Yelena Fomina Actor Lucy 1 1000006
Julia Vissotskaya Actor Janna 1 1000001
Based on a true story set during the Chechen war in 1996, the patients in an isolated psychiatric hospital in Caucasus, on the Russian/Chechnya border, are oblivious to the coming political events, sheltered in their own isolated world. As Russian troops near, the medical staff mysteriously vanishes--abandoning their unbalanced charges who must now fend for themselves. A group of Chechen soldiers settles in with the psychologically challenged patients--an ethnically mixed group of Jews, Muslims, Russians, Chechens, who serve as a microcosm of their world outside. Janna, a beautiful young Chechen patient, finds her only peace in her accordion, and in her dreams of being rescued by her imaginary fiancé, Canadian superstar Bryan Adams--that is, until she becomes attached to Chechen soldier Ahmed. However, with the arrival of Russian troops, the maddening realities of war arrive at the asylum, with the presence of the patients adding to the bitter irony of war's horrors. Subsequently, the lovely Janna once again waits for her Canadian superstar to come and whisk her away--this time from the Russian troops.