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16 September 2015 (USA) See more »
Dima Nikitin is an ordinary honest plumber who suddenly decides to face the corrupt system of local politics in order to save the lives of 800 inhabitants of an old dormitory, which is about to collapse. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Artyom Bystrov ... Dima Nikitin
Natalya Surkova ... Nina Galaganova, mer
Yuriy Tsurilo ... Bogachyov
Boris Nevzorov ... Fedotov
Kirill Polukhin ... Matyugin
Dmitriy Kulichkov ... Kristina's wife
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nina Antyukhova

Sergey Artsibashev ... Tulskiy (as Sergey Artsybashev)
Pyotr Barancheev ... Emelyanov
Nikolay Bendera ... muzh Niny Galaganovoy
Ivan Bred
Nikolay Butenin ... Oper
Ilya Isaev ... Safronov
Gordey Kobzev ... Syn Dimy
Aleksandr Korshunov ... Otets Dimy
Timur Kurbangaleev ... Okhrannik v klube
Roman Mayorov ... Politseyskiy

Darya Moroz ... Zhena Dimy
Irina Nizina ... Chernenko
Elena Panova ... Kristina
Maksim Pinsker ... Sayapin
Lyubov Rudenko ... Razumihina
Olga Samoshina ... Mat Dimy

Directed by
Yuriy Bykov 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Yuriy Bykov 

Produced by
Elena Bystrova .... executive producer
Filipp Pastukhov .... executive producer
Kira Saksaganskaya .... executive producer
Aleksey Uchitel .... executive producer
Aleksey Uchitel .... producer
Cinematography by
Kirill Klepalov 
Set Decoration by
Stanislav Novak 
Costume Design by
Olga Pogodina 
Makeup Department
Elena Sokolova .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Proshutinskaya Anna .... first assistant director
Anna Proshutinskaya .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Arcady Noskov .... sound director
Visual Effects by
Maxim Dannikov .... compositor
Vitaliy Moskovoy .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Nikita Dzyubenko .... stills photographer
Location Management
Michael Desyatkov .... location manager
Aleksey Balabanov .... in memory of

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Also Known As:
"The Fool" - International (English title) (imdb display title), USA (imdb display title)
"Дурак" - Russia
"Ο ηλίθιος" - Greece
"Глупак" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"Budala" - Serbia (festival title)
"Duren" - Poland (imdb display title)
"Glupiec" - Poland (festival title)
"L'idiot!" - France (imdb display title)
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116 min
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Co-produced by the Russian Ministry of CultureSee more »
Dima Nikitin:We live like animals and die like animals because we are nobodies to each other.See more »
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Dostoevsky's "The Idiot" in today's Russia, 31 January 2016
Author: Red-125 from Upstate New York

The Russian film Durak (2014/II) was shown in the U.S. with the title "The Fool." Yuriy Bykov was the writer and director. The overall theme is consistent with Dostoevsky's "The Idiot." In that novel, Prince Lyov Nikolayevich Myshkin is an honest, kind, helpful person. No once can believe that anyone could truly be this good, and that's why the call him an idiot.

In a small Russian city, Syn Dimy (played by Gordey Kobzev) is also an honest, kind, helpful person, and no one respects him for it. He's a low- ranking foreman of a municipal plumbing repair crew. Syn discovers that one of the municipal housing units is about to collapse. He reports this to the authorities, but no one wants to hear it.

In a previous film by Bykov--The Major--we learned that the police department was a cesspool of corruption. In The Fool, we learn that the entire municipal system is based on corruption. Everyone is on the take. No one really cares about the 820 people in the building. The only question is how to continue in positions of power and affluence after the building collapses.

This is a brilliant, but very grim film. There's no humor in it. We saw it in the excellent Dryden Theatre at The George Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY. It's primarily set indoors--in the night club where the mayor is celebrating her 50th birthday, or in the doomed building, which houses very poor, very angry people. It will work well on the small screen. It's a movie you don't want to miss. Find it an see it.

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